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All Dayton Metro Libraries will be Closed on Friday, October 19th for Staff Development Day. Locations will resume normal hours on Saturday, October 20th.

Work Begins on New Main Library


New Main Library FAQ

What is happening with the Main Library?
The Main Library will be rebuilt and expanded at its present location. The existing building will be taken down to its strong structural core and connected to a four-story height, three-floor addition. The two lower levels will be converted to underground parking for Library patrons.

Will there be Library services downtown during construction?
Following a brief closure to move, Dayton Metro Library will operate a temporary branch on the first floor of its new Operations Center at 120 South Patterson Boulevard, located one block south and east of the Main Library in the former Hauer Music building. Temporary Main will have collections for adults, teens, and children as well as public computers and a computer lab. As always, patrons may also request materials from storage or other branches for pickup. Our goal is to maximize dollars for the permanent facilities, so we apologize for the smaller space and raw condition of the temporary building.

When will the Main Library be closed for the move
The Main Library is scheduled to close shortly after Labor Day. The Operations Center is in the final stages of renovation, however, so an unexpected delay could cause a change in the Main Library move and closure schedule.

What is the overall construction timeline for the Main Library?
Site work on the expansion has already begun. Major construction will get underway after the Library is fully vacated. Construction is currently anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2016.

How was this funded?
Dayton Metro Library thanks the voters for their overwhelming support of a bond issue in 2012 which is making the much needed system-wide facilities upgrade a reality.

Is there an after-hours drop box at Temporary Main?
Yes. There will be a free standing book return near the front entrance of Temporary Main.

Will there be a drive-up window at the new Main Library?
Drive-up windows are costly to operate and create a safety hazard for pedestrians, but Dayton Metro Library is committed to providing the services patrons might need. A parking space in the new Main parking garage will be reserved for Call Ahead service – similar to curbside service at a restaurant. This service will also be available at Temporary Main by calling 463-2665.

Will Genealogy and Local History be located at Temporary Main?
No. They will remain at their temporary location at 359 Maryland Avenue until new Main is completed.

Still have a question? Call ASK ME at 463-BOOK (2665) or email


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.


First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

Cooper Park


How can I be involved?

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

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


Main Branch

215 E. Third St.
Dayton OH 45402


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