About the EC Doren Branch: In the Old North Dayton area, the E.C. 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 E.C. 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. E.C. Doren is now the oldest branch library in the system.