All Dayton Metro Library locations will be closed on Thursday November 27, 2014 for Thanksgiving Day. Normal hours will resume on Friday November 28, 2014.

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Library Services & Borrowing Materials

Borrowing Materials

Library Cards & Privileges

    • How to get a card at the library
      All applicants for a library card must apply in person and show proper identification, such as a current driver's license, a state-issued identification card, a current student identification card, or an armed forces identifcation card. New library cards will be mailed to the address provided by the patron.
    • Lost or Stolen Cards
      If your card is lost or stolen, call the Circulation Department immediately at 496-8905.
    • Inter-Library Loan
      Interlibrary Loan allows you to obtain items not owned by DML from other libraries around the country. You are allowed 8 requests in process at one time. The service takes 2-3 weeks, and with the exception of microfilm, most items can be sent to the branch of your choice for pick-up. Read the complete Inter-Library Loan Policy.
    • Homebound Service
      Is it hard for you or someone you know to get to the library? We can deliver books, movies and music to your home free of charge! Dayton Metro Library provides this service to adults who have difficulty getting out. Tell us what you would like, and we'll bring it to you. Whether you need us for a few weeks or indefinitely, Homebound Delivery will be there.

    • Online Accounts
      Using the My Account feature, you are able to view what items you have checked out, what titles you have reserved and what fines you owe the library. To access your account, you need your library card number and a Personal Identification Number(PIN). Library cards and PINs are available at any library location. Card numbers and PINs cannot be issued online.

Common Questions

    • Book Donations

      Does the library accept book donations?

      Yes, we accept donations at our Main Library in downtown Dayton. Donations are accepted from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the delivery/garage area off of Patterson Street. Donations will either be added to the collection or put into our Friends of the Library booksale.
      • For other suggested locations that will accept donations, click here.
    • Returning Materials

      Can I return items that I borrowed from one library to a different library?

      Sure! Be sure that both libraries are part of the Dayton Metro Library System. If you're not sure, call 463-BOOK (2665) for assistance.

I returned something that belongs to a different library system. Who do I call?

      The items are sent to the Main Library; from there, are then shipped or mailed back to the owning library. Feel free to call 463-BOOK (2665) for more information.
    • Library Booksales

      I heard that the library has huge booksales. When? Where?

      The library normally has two booksales per year (and are definitely huge!). For dates and times, call the Community Relations Department at 496-8901.

 

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