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We are IN THIS TOGETHER!

We all know, COVID is far from over, and Dayton Metro Library wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to connect to the resources they need to protect themselves, and others, especially our most vulnerable – young children and those who are medically compromised.

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Free COVID test kits can now be ordered through the United States Postal Service here. Additional resources can be found here.

As of February 17, 2022, some Dayton Metro Library Branches have a limited inventory In-Stock of COVID home self-test kits available for pickup.

Currently there is a limit of 3 kits per vehicle. Each box contains 2 tests.

Please watch this page for updates on kit availability. We will update our website regarding test availability as inventory changes. We encourage our patrons to visit the Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County website to view other testing options and locations as well. They may also be reached at 937.225.6217.

How to Obtain an Over-the-Counter Self-Test Kit from DML:

Patrons interested in receiving an over-the-counter self-test kit should call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

The Ask Me Line will make arrangements with you as to what DML Branch you wish to pick your test kit up from. Once you arrive at your selected Branch location, the take home kits will be delivered to your vehicle by Library staff via our curbside service with safety protocols in place.

Library staff will not be able to assist with the administering of the tests nor should the test be used in any Library building. However, instructions on how to administer the test at home are provided in the kit and are easy to follow.

Currently there is a limit of 3 kits per vehicle.

About the Test Kit:

The Dayton Metro Library is working with the Ohio Department of Health to offer free COVID over-the-counter self-test kits called the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test. The offering of this self-test is to help meet the needs of many people who need to be tested in Dayton Metro Library communities.

The Antigen Self-Test is for personal use only and will not produce a documented result that can be used for travel, to return to work or school, or to be released from quarantine. Each kit contains two self-tests.

If a patron has to have a documented test result, and the Library doesn’t have proctored test kits on hand, please visit the state’s rapid testing website to find other options for testing.

The Proctored Home Test Kit Version:

In months past, the Library distributed BinaxNOW Home Test with the Navica App from the state of Ohio, which required the use of a smartphone app that offered a proctored (documented) result. However, the state of Ohio found that based on population and testing needs, offering a free, over-the-counter test kit can meet more community need.

If the Dayton Metro Library has the ability to offer the home test that provides a documented result, it will only be in a limited amount.

Should we have the home test in supply, you would still need to call the Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665 to request one. At that time, you will also need to confirm that you have an email address, are able to download the necessary NAVICA smartphone app, and have the following equipment: a webcam, internet, a microphone, and a speaker, or a smart phone and internet.

Patrons can then select their Branch of preference for pick up.

This kit will be delivered to your vehicle via our curbside service with safe protocols in place. Patrons will be given instructions on how to perform the test at home and how to receive your results, as Library staff will not be able to help administer the test.

Testing School-age Children:

All schools in Ohio (K-12) have access to free home tests from the state and can request one test by contacting TestingRequests@odh.ohio.gov.

Employers Providing Tests to Employees:

If an employer requests a test to give to a symptomatic employee or to support regular screening of non-vaccinated employees, that employer should visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/rapidtest to obtain guidance on testing programs, as tests may not be directly provided to an employer for testing their employees.

Expiration Dates

In the event a patron has a question or concern about a possible expiration date on their test kit, they may visit coronavirus.ohio.gov. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the down arrow in the “expiration dates” field. Follow the link labeled “BinaxNOW Home tests” or “BinaxNOW Traditional tests.” Each document offers information on expiration date extensions based on the lot number of a kit.

For further questions regarding the test kits we have available or how to arrange a test kit pick up, please call the Dayton Metro Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate COVID-19’s changing landscape.

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Reserve items you want using our online catalog, or call the Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665 for assistance. You will be notified when your items are ready to be borrowed. At that time, call the Library to make arrangements for Curbside Service, or use the convenient DML App on your phone or device. Bagged materials are placed directly into vehicle trunks.*

Using the CURBSIDE FEATURE

on the Library App

Make arrangements for picking up your requested materials - without having to call. If you already have the DML app installed on your phone or device, My Curbside Pickup is activated when you have materials ready for you to borrow. If you need to install the app, search for “Dayton Library” in the App Store, Google Play or Kindle.

  1. When you have items ready for pickup, tap the I’m On My Way button to let us know you’re coming. You’ll be asked to enter what color/type of vehicle you’re in. At this time, we will check the items out to you, bag and label them.
  2. When you arrive at the Library, tap I’m Here! We’ll bring your materials out, place them in your trunk, and you’re off!*

*At some Branch Libraries you may have to park and exit your car to pick up your bagged materials at the Library entrance.

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Expanded Curbside Services!

Copy, Print, Fax + Scan

In addition to picking up Library materials you’ve requested, Curbside Service now includes copying, faxing and scanning. Print items directly from your phone, tablet or computer to the Branch where you want to pick them up using Mobile Print. Call the Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665 to make arrangements for these services.

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