All Dayton Metro Library locations will be closed on Friday September 26, 2014 for Staff Development Day. Normal hours will resume on Saturday September 27, 2014.

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What's happening with my library? - Main


What's happening with my library & where will it be located?

The Main Library in Downtown Dayton will be renovated and expanded at the current location in Cooper Park. The renovation will create an underground parking area for patrons on the lower levels of the building.

What is the timing for my library?

Early site work is scheduled to begin outside the Main Library in October 2014.  This will necessitate closing the drive-through window; we apologize for the inconvenience.  Around March 2015 the Main Library will be completely vacated for the reconstruction and expansion.  Library services including books, AV, and computers will be available to the public at a temporary location in the future library operations center (formerly the Hauer Building) at 120 S. Patterson Boulevard, one block south of the Main Library.  The grand opening will take place in the spring of 2016.

How can I be involved?

Please enter your email address in the form to the right to receive event notices and other information about the Main Library.

About how large will my library be?

Public Space,
28,000 sq. ft.

Public Space,
100,000 sq. ft.

Moving "behind-the-scenes" staff functions such as Collection Development and IT to an offsite operations center is making a big gain in public space at the Main Library possible.

What features are being planned for my new library?
• Easy access to new and popular materials on the first floor and improved browsing throughout
• An enclosed quiet reading room and two comfortable reading areas with park views
• Enhanced technology including more public computers, a computer lab, and convenient, upgraded power and Wi-Fi connectivity
• An exciting and creative children's program room, story corner, and enclosed outdoor area
• Teen room designed for homework, gaming, activities, and gathering
• Flexible spaces for innovative library and community programs and partnerships
• Auditorium and Theatre
• Tutoring, group study, and audiovisual suites
• Coffee Bar/Café


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