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Frequently Asked Questions

This is the place to find the answers to your questions. Interested in how you can register to vote or make copies at your Library? Looking for details on reserving a tutor room, hanging a poster or getting a Library Card? It's all here!

Do you have WIFI?

Yes we do. All locations have free WIFI.

How do I reserve a community meeting room?

Meeting rooms are free to eligible non-profit organizations. After you have read the Meeting Room Policy, you can reserve a room by calling 937.463.2665 (BOOK). Please be prepared to give the dates and times you need a room, with a few options on dates in case the room is unavailable. Also, you will need to give the number of people expected to attend and a contact name and phone number. If there are any questions about your group’s non-profit status, you may be asked to furnish proof.  Booking ahead gives you the chance to reserve your preferred time.

How do I get a library card and how old do I need to be?

Any resident of the state of Ohio can receive a Dayton Metro Library Card for free. A non-Ohio resident can receive a Card for $25 a year. You can apply for a Library Card in person. When applying in person, please show valid photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state issued identification card, a current student card, or an armed forces identification card. If your ID does not have your current address, please bring verification of address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. You must bring the card in with identification for account verification before checking out library materials.

There is no minimum age requirement to have a Library Card. A parent or legal guardian must sign the card application for anyone under the age of 18. Special Library Cards are available for children participating in our Summer Reading Club.

All new Library Card users will have a ten-item limit for the first eight weeks of membership.

Special cards are also available for teachers, businesses and organizations. Please ask at the library for details.

Can I return my materials to any Branch Library?
Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which Branch you checked them out from originally.

Can I return my materials to any library location?

Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which library you checked them out from originally.

Do you have tax forms? Can you help me with my taxes?

From January to April each year, we have printed copies of the basic federal and state forms. Other forms are available on the Internet.

Sorry, librarians are experts on finding information but not doing taxes. We can help you find books and Internet sites on taxes but cannot provide any tax assistance or advice.

How do I download audio books, music and movies?

The world of free digital media is available at the Library and it is easy to use. Just click on the Overdive icon on our home page, look on the left side of the homepage under 'Fast Finds'. You will see a wide selection of titles. For complete, easy instructions, just click on the help tab. You can be listening to your new audio book in minutes!

How do I find a branch library near me?

Location is listed at the top of the page. You can use the map to find a branch near you or use the sorting tools under the map to see further details. Click here for a list of locations and addresses. You can also get driving directions to each location.

How do I renew my library materials?

You can renew on-line by going to My Account (link is located in the upper right corner of the page) and entering your Library Card number and PIN (personal identification number). If you don't have a PIN, please stop by any Branch and choose your four digit number. Once logged in, click on 'Items Out' on the right hand side of the page.

You can renew over the phone by calling your local branch library or 937.463.2663 (BOOK). Please have your Library Card number with you when you call. You can also renew in person at any library.

Most items can be renewed up to five times unless someone has requested that title. Some newer items cannot be renewed.

How much are library fines?

Effective January 1, 2018, there are no overdue fines for Dayton Metro Library materials.

Items checked out and not returned within 21 days past the due date are considered lost and the borrower will be charged the replacement cost of the item.

If the item is not returned within 35 days past the due date, the account is turned over to collections and an additional $10 fee is assessed to the borrower.

If a library card account has $10 or more in charges, the account holder will be blocked from checkout until sufficient payment is made.

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Do you have fax machines?

Most locations have printers as well as copiers with fax and scanner. To see if a location near you has what you need check out our location amenities.

Collection Development Policy

Legal Authority and Staff Responsibility for Selection

The governing body of the library is the Board of Trustees, consisting of seven members who serve without remuneration. The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners appoints four members, and the Judges of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas appoint three. Each serves for seven years with one Board member appointed annually. The Board sets library policy, appoints staff, acts on the budget recommended by the Executive Director, and is responsible to the public for library activities and services.

The Collection Development Policy is the document containing all of the policies of the Board relative to the collection development of materials. The policy can be amended only by the Board.

The Board delegates responsibility for collection development to the Executive Director who authorizes the Office of Collection Development to select materials. Collection development personnel are library professionals and are knowledgeable in their areas of selection.

The majority of the materials selection process is done on-line through vendor sites. These vendors provide thorough product descriptions which can include cover art, reviews, excerpts, pricing, format information, annotations, and sales or box office figures, all of which facilitate the selection process. Additional materials are selected from print catalogs and mailers, although these account for a small percentage of the total selection process. These items generally augment specialized interests and add to the overall breadth of the library collection. (Appendix B)

Most new book titles considered for purchase originate from weekly on-line lists available on library vendor sites. The Office of Collection Development develops profiles with library vendors concerning the kinds of materials which should be included in selection lists. Specific authors, publishers, series, review sources, formats, and publication dates are examples of parameters set by the Office of Collection Development for vendors to follow when formulating selection lists. Most new audio visual titles considered for purchase are also acquired on-line from library vendor sites without the benefit of vendor profiled lists. Staff members build these lists based on vendor catalogs and topical lists. Other items added to order lists on a weekly basis are patron requests for purchase, staff suggestions, high interest titles reviewed in popular media, and replacements of lost, worn, or high demand materials. The Office of Collection Development welcomes suggestions for purchase from all members of the library's community.

Collection Development staff work with pre-selection committees of librarians from throughout the library system. Depending on the media, committee members either note comments on titles under consideration on the on-line lists or attend a meeting where titles are discussed. Collection Development staff weigh the comments from the pre-selection committees against many other factors before making a final purchasing decision which includes the number of copies and location assignment. Agency profiles filled out by on-site librarians indicate the types and quantities of materials desired by that location. The circulation system provides usage statistics for all included titles. Selectors consult these statistics before purchasing a new edition or when purchasing more items on a subject or by a previously owned author. When applicable, staff research and compare the purchasing patterns of other similar sized libraries. Budget constraints also affect purchases. Strategic goals of the library influence buying patterns as well. Items submitted to the Office of Collection Development by a vendor as best sellers or box office hits are not subject to pre-selection committee comment and are usually ordered immediately. Patron requests for purchase, staff suggestions, high interest titles reviewed in popular media, and special interest lists bypass pre-selection committee comment as well. The Guidelines for Materials Selection listed later in this document apply to all purchases.

Standing orders exist for items such as annual series or for items known to be popular such as bestselling authors and series. Agencies select standing orders. Agencies also select paperbacks, replacements and reference materials themselves. Collection Development staff communicate with agency staff regularly and visit as often as possible.

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