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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


The library is intended to meet the civic, educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of its users through collections that include a wide variety of print and non-print materials for all levels of educational achievement. The Office of Collection Development identifies the special interests of our diverse community populations and entities and builds collections that mirror the interests of its customers.

The Board places priority on building customer centered collections that respond to current needs and interests of our community, rather than building historical and rare material collections -except for the acquisition of materials of both past and current significance to the Miami Valley area.

Collection Evaluation

The evaluation of the collection is a fundamental responsibility. The staff continuously evaluates materials, replacing or repairing those that are worn or damaged and withdrawing items no longer current or in demand. As the library continues to collect newly published items, our space needs will continue to be challenged. The most cost effective way to stretch shelf-space is through the removal of used and outdated materials. Leaving rarely used materials on the shelves decreases rather than increases patron satisfaction. Removing obsolete titles and materials in poor physical condition makes it easier for patrons to choose from the titles that remain. The Office of Collection Development actively searches for replacement items for dated materials.

Collection evaluation is not to be employed as a convenient means to remove materials presumed to be controversial or disapproved of by segments of the community. Such abuse would be a violation of the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights.

Depending upon condition, materials withdrawn from the collections as part of the evaluation process may be offered for sale in the Friends of the Library's book sale. The Dayton Metro Library has an agreement with the Friends of the Library for the sale of withdrawn materials. Gifts and other items not added to the library's collection are also included or are recycled. Withdrawn materials are not offered at any time other than the book sale. Exceptions may be made and the materials may be given to a school or other non-profit agency for use in a recognized program.

Guidelines for Materials Selection

These guidelines are applicable to most selection decisions. Other factors may be taken into consideration, and the importance or weight of a particular guideline will vary from one acquisition to another.

  • Reputation and qualifications of the creator(s), publisher(s) or producer(s)
  • Community needs, interests, and demands
  • Literary, artistic, and technical values
  • Significance of the author's work to the Miami Valley
  • Relationship to the collection
  • Availability for purchase
  • Availability in other areas and urban libraries
  • Format
  • Recommendations of reviews
  • Durability of format
  • Price
  • Suitability for intended user
  • Judgment of work as a whole


The Dayton Metro Library is interested in donations of materials that will broaden and enrich the Library's collections. Much depends on the condition of the items donated and the needs of the library's collection. New titles acquired in this manner are subject to the basic standards of selection. Replacements and duplicate copies are added to the collection if needed. The Dayton Metro Library recognizes the addition of donations to the collection is a costly enterprise and thus the library must carefully consider whether the donation is worth the price of cataloging and processing it. If it is not on a subject of interest to the users of the library, no matter how fine the book may be, the library may decide not to add it to the collection.

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