The Electra Doren Branch Library is temporarily relocating, so we can begin the exciting renovations to our beautiful building. We will be open at our regular location through Saturday, March 1st, and will be closed on Monday, March 3rd to move.
The Temporary Electra Doren Branch will open on Tuesday, March 4th at 359 Maryland Avenue
(in the former Northeast Priority Board building.)
Please bear with us during construction. Out of necessity, the collections will be smaller and the computers will be slower in our temporary space. We want to continue to provide our core services to you, while keeping costs low to maximize our investment in the permanent building. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
About the Electra Doren Branch: In the Old North Dayton area, the Electra Doren Branch is more commonly known as "that library on Troy Street." Very few residents realize that the branch is one of the few public buildings in the United States named for a woman. Electra Collins Doren was the chief librarian for the Dayton Library from 1896 to 1905, and again from 1913 until her death in 1927. One of her last acts as Chief Librarian was to plan the construction of the Electra Doren Branch that was then located in Allen school. Dying before the building was completed, the branch was named in her honor to commemorate her many years of service to the library. Electra Doren is now the oldest branch library in the system.