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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

Electronic Reference Sources

For the purpose of library collection development, electronic reference sources are defined as commercial products that require computer access. Examples include, but are not limited to: periodical indexes, reference databases, Adobe Acrobat PDF documents, and multimedia files. Some of these sources may be made available through consortia agreements. Others may be available to the Library free through grants or state agencies.


The Dayton Metro Library's current collection development policy governing the funding, selection, acquisition, and retention of library materials and information resources applies to all formats including electronic resources. When possible, the Library will give priority to the acquisition of electronic resources that offer significant added-value such as uniqueness of information, ease of use, wider accessibility, timely updates and cost-effectiveness. Electronic resources generally are more costly than print, but offer advantages such as allowing multiple users access to the same resource simultaneously, or more powerful searching capabilities, or interactivity. In accordance with the Library's Mission and Vision statements, it is committed to providing access to these resources to all its users regardless of their location. Partnerships in cooperative acquisitions and cost sharing with other public libraries are pursued when feasible.


The library receives its Internet service through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). OPLIN's mission is to ensure that all Ohio residents have fast, free public Internet access throughout the state, as well as use of high-quality research databases not freely available on the World Wide Web. This is done through Ohio's 251 independent local public libraries.

The Library offers the Internet to the public. By its nature the Internet offers access to a vast abundance of information from an almost infinite number of sources. The Dayton Metro Library makes use of this resource as an integral part of its service offering, both as a mechanism to promote its collections, services and programs, and also as a contributor of content.

In the course of its business including the provision of reference service to the general public, Library staff members may quote sources and recommend content available over the Internet. However, the content users may access from the Internet using library computers and network access may not have been selected or reviewed by librarians. The Library recognizes that Internet content, just like traditionally published materials, may be partisan, inaccurate and misleading. Readers are advised to use independent judgment when evaluating all Internet content.

Public use of the Internet is addressed in separate policies of the Library.

Filtering and CIPA compliance

The Library has an Internet Acceptable User Policy that prohibits the display of sexually explicit imagery on library computers. To assist library computer users in identifying sites that may have prohibited content a filter service has been employed. It is not the intention of the Library to block any other material even though it may be objectionable, inflammatory or inaccurate.

No filtering service is perfect and experience shows that such services often block access to sites which should not be blocked. In addition sites which should be blocked may be overlooked by the filtering service. Because of these limitations and in compliance with provisions of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) the Library enables adults to bypass the service by entering their library card numbers. Patrons under the age of eighteen may also bypass this software if their parents complete an Internet Consent Form. This form is available at any Dayton Metro Library. Parents must go to a library in person to complete this form.

Anyone who feels the block on a site should be lifted may submit a "Request for Reconsideration of Internet Site" form (pdf-icon-tinyAppendix I). Blocks on sites which do not display sexually explicit images will be removed by staff.

Under no circumstances are sexually explicit images to be viewed on library computers. Library users who locate sexually explicit sites which have not been blocked can request that the library block these sites by submitting the "Request for Reconsideration of Internet Site" form (pdf-icon-tinyAppendix I). The Library will only block sites with sexually explicit images.

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