The Dayton Room



Local History + Genealogy Resources

THE DAYTON ROOM at the Main Library houses more than 200 years of historical materials about Dayton, Montgomery County and the Miami Valley area. The Collection includes books, photographs, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, postcards, videos and more. Many of our historic images can also be found in Dayton Remembers, our online digital image database. Flatbed and cradle scanners in The Dayton Room are available to help you digitize your own family documents, photos and history. The Dayton Room is located on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library.

Dayton Room Hours
Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm | Sunday 1 - 5pm

Special Collections staff will be available for after-hours consultation appointments by calling 937.463.2665, ask for The Dayton Room, or email us at The Genealogy Collection will remain accessible in open stacks.

The Dayton Room Features

  • Over 200 years of Local Historical Records
  • Flatbed and Cradle Scanners
  • Local History + Genealogy Experts
  • Online Historical Image Database
  • Computers + Microfilm Scanners
  • Federal Documents Depository
  • Local History + Genealogy Programming

Manager, Special Collections,
Jamie McQuinn

Mr. McQuinn joined the Dayton Metro Library in 1998, and he has managed the Special Collections Division since 2001. He has served in both public and academic libraries in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He earned his Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Michigan. Jamie enjoys reading biography, history, and historical fiction along with science fiction and fantasy titles. He is also active in Dayton community theatre and board gaming groups.

Federal Depository

The Dayton Metro Library (DML) has been a federal depository institution since 1909. The government information collection at the Dayton Metro Library offers a core collection and specialized government documents including the US Government Manual, Federal Register, CIA World Fact Book, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, census information, and more.   The Dayton Metro Library selects materials in both electronic and paper format. (Learn More)

Federal depository resources are available and usable for all library customers regardless of library affiliation, disability, age, residency, or other customer status.  Any member of the general public may use depository resources in all formats at a Federal depository library free of charge and without impediments.

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