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Enjoy a vast collection of materials, services and programs for all ages and stages of life. Explore our online resources including digital collections, databases, searchable events calendar and reference assistance. Learn, imagine and discover at the Dayton Metro Library – your story begins here.

What's your favorite cold-weather read? Let us know for the chance to win a preview copy of a recently-released book! #YourWeekendRead https://www.facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibrary/photos/a.10150582911601604.379756.42791226603/10153932160106604/?type=3 We found this patron-designed scavenger hunt at the Kettering-Moraine branch. https://www.facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibrary/photos/a.10150582911601604.379756.42791226603/10153932042556604/?type=3

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Today at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Coloring or activity sheets are available daily in the children's room.  We…


Today at Northmont (9:45 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…


Today at East (10:00 AM)
Create fun seasonal crafts and jewelry. All materials provided.…


Today at Vandalia (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
With a mix of holiday songs and puppet plays, it's fun for the whole family. The…


Today at Northmont (11:00 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…


Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…


Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…


Today at New Lebanon (1:00 PM)
If you are 50+, you are welcome to enjoy good conversation and refreshments with…


Today at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Northmont (2:00 PM)
Read a pre-selected book and come and discuss it with the group.  Each book…


Today at Main (3:00 PM)
Now that you are familiar with the basics features of your email account, let's …


Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come in after school and play the Wii U with your friends!  A special time …


Today at Vandalia (3:00 PM)
Face off at a board or card game with your friends. We have a ton to choose from…


Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Giant Word Winder is a 9 foot by 9 foot giant word game played on the floor. &nb…


Today at Brookville (3:30 PM)
  Hang out after school. Read, play games, chat, and craft, just come and c…


Today at East (4:00 PM)
Make your very own wallet to stash your cash, they make great gifts, and they fi…


Today at Belmont (4:00 PM)
Place for teens to have fun while developing into people who will…


Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Enjoy a delicious teen read and a delicious sweet treat inspired by the story. S…


Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come and game at the new Northwest library. Video games, card games, and board g…


Today at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Pick and play your favorite board game, cards or puzzle; make and take a craft; …


Today at Brookville (4:00 PM)
  Does your child need some extra guidance in reading· Reading Bud…


Today at Huber Heights (4:00 PM)
Love Minecraft· So do we! Join us every week to play Minecraft at the lib…


Today at Trotwood (4:30 PM)
Join us for some cookie decorating! Edible holiday decorations will be provided.…


Today at Miamisburg (4:30 PM)
Our meeting room is reserved every Thursday as a place for teens to hangout.Tab…


Today at Trotwood (6:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Today at Electra Doren (6:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available …


Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
The Dayton Metro Library is partnering with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery …


Today at New Lebanon (6:30 PM)
Celebrate the season with a special evening family storytime featuring Chris Van…

           

Collection Development Policy

Introduction

"The Dayton Metro Library connects our community to the broadest range of information and thought. We are the marketplace of the mind." (From the Library's Mission Statement, Appendix A)

To meet this service responsibility, the Board establishes a Collection Development Policy. This document defines a policy to guide library staff in the selection of materials. It also serves as a means to inform the public of the philosophy of selection and establishes a framework for continuous collection evaluation and improvement.

In addition to the Main Library, the Dayton Metro Library is served by twenty branch locations as part of an integrated system. The library system is a unified collection with an integrated computer catalog which allows a patron to see what is in the entire collection by checking the PAC (public access catalog) at any library. One library card can be used at all locations to borrow materials. Materials borrowed from one library branch can be returned to another, and library materials from any location may be delivered to another branch that is the most convenient for a patron to use.

The Board of Library Trustees and staff cooperate and communicate with other libraries in the area as well as community agencies, groups, and organizations with purposes and activities related to library objectives.

This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Board and staff in making decisions about library collections. It also examines the demographic and cultural context by which materials are added to the collection. The general philosophical basis for selection and support for the protection of intellectual freedom are included with specific guidelines for the purchase of various types of material for a diverse clientele.

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