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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.

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Today at W. Carrollton (10:00 AM)
This program is for kids who love to move and dance around!  We will read s…


Today at Main (10:00 AM)
Begin your preparation for the GED with FREE Adult GED Classes offered by Miami …


Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Discover DML's Downloadable Digital Media, find free books, music, videos and mo…


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
This class with give you some insight to the millions of google search results y…


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


Today at Burkhardt (3:30 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Today at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
It's all about the money at this program!  Kids will earn fake money throug…


Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, Lego enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an epic b…


Today at Trotwood (4:30 PM)
Sharpen your writing skills with a published writer and author of 8 books includ…


Today at Huber Heights (6:00 PM)
Incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers' tactics are becoming more compl…


Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
HER Realtor Kim Williams will walk participants through the steps necessary to s…


Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Come enjoy an activity that is some part art, and some part making.  Exampl…


Today at Vandalia (6:30 PM)
Trained as a lawyer, C. C. Hobart became fascinated with electricity and founded…


Today at Miamisburg (6:30 PM)
Read,  Eat,  And  Discuss a great book with the book discussion g…


Today at Electra Doren (6:30 PM)
Join us for an evening of creative coloring and listening to relaxing music. We …


Today at Brookville (7:00 PM)
Bring a trowel and some gardening gloves. We'll plant some flowers together and …


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


Tomorrow at East (10:00 AM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs and activities for parents and…


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


Tomorrow at New Lebanon (10:30 AM)
Moms and children of all ages are invited to join us for a special story time an…


Tomorrow at Northwest (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (10:30 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…


Tomorrow at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Tomorrow at Brookville (2:45 PM)
It's a robot invasion! Take our Sphero 'bots for a spin and teach them tricks. A…


Tomorrow at New Lebanon (3:00 PM)
Come hang out with your friends and do the monthly activity. For kids in grades …


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


Tomorrow at Vandalia (3:00 PM)
Working on a paper, presentation, or project·  Need assistance resea…


Tomorrow at Northwest (3:00 PM)
  Would you like to practice your English conversational skills· T…


Tomorrow at Belmont (3:30 PM)
Use our LEGOs to build your own creation or work together with your friends. We …

           

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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