Although the Miami Township Branch is the newest in the Dayton Metro Library system, the current facility was inadequate given the pace of growth and high Library usage in this community. A new addition that will double the size of the Branch is nearly completed. Now work is underway to update the older original building.
Services are continuing during construction, aside from brief closures for moving and final preparations. As of September 2015, the Miami Township Branch will operate out of the new portion of the building so that the original building can be remodeled. While patrons will get a sneak peak of the new facility, many enhancements including comfortable seating, new technology and an interactive children’s area will not be revealed until the grand opening.
Dayton Metro Library acquired a portion of the RTA lot for parking which enabled improvements to the entrance and exit on Lyons Road.
Levin Porter Associates, a member of the Dayton Design Collaborative, is working in conjunction with library design experts Group 4 Architects on this project. Skanska/ATCS is providing construction management services.
Barring any unexpected construction delays, the project should be completed in October 2015. The project is part of the Libraries for a Smarter Future system-wide facilities upgrade, made possible by strong voter support of a bond issue in 2012.
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The new Library will feature an expanded Children’s area with a playhouse reading area, a dedicated space for middle and high school students called Teen Edge, and an enclosed Adult Reading Room. Other improvements include a larger meeting, four group study rooms, and a flexible meeting space to be shared with community partners.