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Community to Celebrate Main Library Grand Opening

 It’s finally time for the Big Reveal! The NEW Dayton Metro Library in downtown Dayton opens its doors to the public on Saturday, August 5, 2017, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a Grand Opening and Community Celebration! The public is invited to see the extensively remodeled, expanded Library, located at 215 E. Third Street, and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment, activities for children, music, appearances by Library mascots Cosmo & Pip, and a few surprises too.

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The Grand Opening celebration includes a street fair, an expansive ribbon cutting ceremony along Third Street, and the Library Open House.

11:30 AM-4:30 PM | STREET FESTIVAL on Patterson Boulevard between Second and Third Streets
Featuring DJ Basim, chalk artist, balloon sculptures, DML Bookmobile, Deja Cru street dancers, food trucks, face painters from the School of Advertising Art and more!

More than 150 community leaders, Library supporters, Summer Challenge participants and others will cut the ribbon!

Explore and experience your new Main Library!

Tech Demos, Make & Create, mascots Cosmo & Pip, performances by Muse Machine, The Human Race Theatre Company, Zoot Theatre, bluegrass and folk music by The Repeating Arms, Sierra Leone and The Art of Word in Motion, and much, much more!

The Main Library begins regular hours of operation on Sunday, August 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

“I am beyond eager to welcome the public into their new Main Library,” said Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director. “We’ve watched as the Main Library has been transformed over the past two years. On the outside, the design presents a striking addition to the downtown skyline. On the inside, we’re transforming what the Dayton Metro Library can be for our community.”

Features in the new Main Library include:

  • Four times the public space of the former building, and 90 free parking spaces beneath the building, with additional surface parking nearby.
  • A playful Children’s Room with a “Bridges” theme invites children and their caregivers to explore, learn and create. Teens and Tweens have their own spaces to study, use gaming technology, interact with friends or be creative in a safe, constructive environment.
  • The new Main Library houses nearly a quarter million volumes of books and media to borrow or view. The entire reference and circulating collections are available on open shelves – no need to request items from storage.
  • Technology abounds with over 100 desktop computers and two vending machines offering dozens of laptops available for use in the Library, industrial strength WiFi and meeting rooms with high definition monitors. Two computer labs offer hands-on training and structured support in a classroom setting. Automated Holds Lockers enable pickup of reserved materials, even after hours.
  • A Green Screen Room offers recording and editing equipment including cameras, lights and microphones.
  • Opportunity Spaces are available for longer-term partnerships of three weeks to three months, for collaborations, participatory activities and educational/interactive exhibits.
  • New performance spaces, meeting places, and study areas are plentiful for groups and individuals. From the versatile Eichelberger Forum with a capacity of 299 and the Bassani Theater Off Third black box space, to small group study rooms with whiteboards and monitors, the Library can accommodate arts performances, exhibits, film screenings, meetings, and collaborations of all sorts.
  • Six original art installations by local artists were created specifically for the Main Library, as part of ReImagining Works.

“The Library today plays many roles in order to meet the needs of the community,” said Kambitsch. “This beautiful facility will be a destination for learning, collaboration, exploration and experience. We are committed to education, workforce development and supporting business, nonprofits and personal growth.”

roommainResources and expertise to support Small Business, Workforce Development and Nonprofits in the Miami Valley are centered at LAUNCH Point on the Library’s second floor. Nearby, The Dayton Room houses unique Local History and Genealogy Collections.

The new Children’s Area features hands-on learning technology and manipulatives to aid children, their caregivers and teachers in Early Literacy, Kindergarten Readiness, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and STEM learning. Cheerful, climbable furniture makes the area kid-friendly, and a Creative Space is dedicated to children’s programming and creative exploration.

The expansive TeenEDGE gives teens their own space for programs, gaming, recording equipment and collections. Tweens who don’t want to be with little kids and aren’t quite ready to be teens will find an area of their own for gaming and study.

For those who simply seek peace and quiet in their Library for reading, study or contemplation, the new Main Library offers the enclosed Berry Quiet Reading Room, with expansive windows and sunset city views.

“We are fortunate to enjoy strong support in our community, and we are grateful to the voters of Montgomery County who overwhelmingly approved a bond issue in 2012 to make the Libraries for a Smarter Future facilities project a reality,” said Kambitsch.

The Main Library resumes regular hours of operation beginning Sunday, August 6:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m. year round

“While the new building is certainly breathtaking, it’s what people bring to it and gain from it that’s truly inspirational,” said Kambitsch. “Working together, we can discover, learn, collaborate and achieve.

For more information, visit or call (937) 463-BOOK.


Main Branch

215 E. Third St.
Dayton OH 45402


M, T, Th: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
W, F: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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