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Yes we do. All locations have free WIFI.
Meeting rooms are free to eligible non-profit organizations. After you have read the Meeting Room Policy, you can reserve a room by calling 937.463.2665 (BOOK). Please be prepared to give the dates and times you need a room, with a few options on dates in case the room is unavailable. Also, you will need to give the number of people expected to attend and a contact name and phone number. If there are any questions about your group’s non-profit status, you may be asked to furnish proof. Booking ahead gives you the chance to reserve your preferred time.
Any resident of the state of Ohio can receive a Dayton Metro Library Card for free. A non-Ohio resident can receive a Card for $25 a year. You can apply for a Library Card in person. When applying in person, please show valid photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state issued identification card, a current student card, or an armed forces identification card. If your ID does not have your current address, please bring verification of address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. You must bring the card in with identification for account verification before checking out library materials.
There is no minimum age requirement to have a Library Card. A parent or legal guardian must sign the card application for anyone under the age of 18. Special Library Cards are available for children participating in our Summer Reading Club.
All new Library Card users will have a ten-item limit for the first eight weeks of membership.
Special cards are also available for teachers, businesses and organizations. Please ask at the library for details.
Can I return my materials to any Branch Library?
Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which Branch you checked them out from originally.
Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which library you checked them out from originally.
From January to April each year, we have printed copies of the basic federal and state forms. Other forms are available on the Internet.
Sorry, librarians are experts on finding information but not doing taxes. We can help you find books and Internet sites on taxes but cannot provide any tax assistance or advice.
The world of free digital media is available at the Library and it is easy to use. Just click on the Overdive icon on our home page, look on the left side of the homepage under 'Fast Finds'. You will see a wide selection of titles. For complete, easy instructions, just click on the help tab. You can be listening to your new audio book in minutes!
Location is listed at the top of the page. You can use the map to find a branch near you or use the sorting tools under the map to see further details. Click here for a list of locations and addresses. You can also get driving directions to each location.
You can renew on-line by going to My Account (link is located in the upper right corner of the page) and entering your Library Card number and PIN (personal identification number). If you don't have a PIN, please stop by any Branch and choose your four digit number. Once logged in, click on 'Items Out' on the right hand side of the page.
You can renew over the phone by calling your local branch library or 937.463.2663 (BOOK). Please have your Library Card number with you when you call. You can also renew in person at any library.
Most items can be renewed up to five times unless someone has requested that title. Some newer items cannot be renewed.
Until December 31, 2017:
Overdue fines are 10 cents per day per item for adult books, movies and CDs. There are no overdue fines for children's books. The maximum overdue fine for any item is $5. If your fines are $10 or more, you will not be allowed to check out anything else until you have paid some or all of the fines. Items checked out and not returned are charged the replacement cost of the item.
As of January 1, 2018:
Effective January 1, 2018, there are no overdue fines for Dayton Metro Library materials.
Items checked out and not returned within 21 days past the due date are considered lost and the borrower will be charged the replacement cost of the item.
If the item is not returned within 35 days past the due date, the account is turned over to collections and an additional $10 fee is assessed to the borrower.
If a library card account has over $10 in charges, the account holder will be blocked from checkout until sufficient payment is made.
Most locations have printers as well as copiers with fax and scanner. To see if a location near you has what you need check out our location amenities.
The Dayton Metro Library offers a number of services whereby records are created and stored on the Library's computer systems. As is typical in today's computerized society, interacting with the Library, such as borrowing library books or searching our web site, creates records. Some of these records may affect your privacy. This document describes those library services which may request that you supply information about yourself and how the library plans to use that information.
Visiting our Web Site
The Library does not collect any personal information about you when you visit the library's web site unless you choose to provide that information. The library does not track or permanently record information about individuals and their visits. However, the Library's web site uses standard server software that logs use by each visitor.
If all you do is browse our pages, read text, or download information, the Library will gather and store certain minimal information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally but does identify the computer you use to access our site.
Internet users should be aware of the kinds of information available to any web site operator.
Library automatically collects and stores only the following information about your visit:
How the Library uses its Log of Web Site Visits
The log of activity on the Library web servers is used for library purposes only and no information is provided to any third parties. The Library uses this information to help make its site more functional for visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to its site and the kinds of information they seek.
Browser and operating information can also be used to take you to the version of the site that best conforms to the capabilities of your tools and offers the Library a ready list of browsers to test for compatibility with pages created on the Library web site.
Search results disclose whether the Library Web site contains the kinds of information its visitors seek and are used for planning future additions to the site.
The Library web site currently does not create or use persistent cookies.
E-mail, Comments, and Suggestions
If you choose to send the Library an e-mail message or otherwise communicate with the Library via its suggestion box or by filling out an "E-Reference Request" form, the Library will use that information only to respond to your message and to help get you the information you have requested. General suggestions and comments about library services are shared among library staff members responsible for ordering materials or providing services to patrons.
The Library does not give e-mail addresses or other patron supplied data to any other organization. The Library does not collect information for commercial marketing.
Searching the Library Catalog and Reserving Materials
Patrons are not required to identify themselves or enter a card number to search the library's online catalog. The Library's catalog server logs searches performed but does not record the computer workstation used.
Patrons wishing to reserve materials located at other libraries or materials currently checked out, must provide their library card number. The Library's circulation system maintains a link between the patron and the title only as long as the request is outstanding. Once the request is satisfied, the request record is deleted from the system.
Information from Children The Library is particularly concerned with protecting the privacy of children. Library created pages for children and teens may offer ways for young visitors to send e-mail messages to library staff. We may ask children to type their names and e-mail addresses as part of their messages so that a staff member can respond personally to them.
If children are asked to provide information about themselves, the Library specifically asks children to get their parents' or guardian's permission before providing any information online -- at the Library's site or any other site. Most importantly, when children do provide information at the Library's Web site, it is only used to enable the Library to respond to the child.
Premium Databases and Information Services
The Library licenses premium databases and other information content on a wide range of topics from commercial content providers. These content providers often permit library patrons to access these services from home if users can demonstrate that they are a library card holder. The Library will request your library card number when you attempt to visit these services from computers outside of the Library. The card number you enter is not shared with the content provider.
Links to Other Sites
Personal Information Numbers (PINs)
A PIN (Personal Information Number) is a four digit number you may choose to securely access your library records. Your PIN is kept private and works in combination with your library card number. Once a PIN is established for a patron in the Library's computer system only the card holder may control access to the PIN. Library staff members may assign new PINs to patrons but they cannot search and display a previously entered PIN.
Library patrons are encouraged to keep their PIN confidential. Parents and legal guardians may establish a PIN for minor children.
You use your PIN when:
Both services allow library patrons to obtain a list of items checked out; a list of titles and the dollar amount of fines owed to the library; and a list of titles on reserve.
Use of the Library's Touch Tone Account Information Line is not logged unless items are being renewed.
Use of the Library's "My Account" feature is logged through the Library's online catalog. Patrons who use the "My Account" feature are encouraged to close their browser window or quit their browser altogether once they are finished to ensure that their account information is not divulged to others.
Use of Publicly Accessible Computers Provided by the Library
The Library makes computer systems available to the public for access to the Internet, word processing, and other information services and productivity software programs.
Patrons must sign up to use these computer systems. The information about the user and the time they sign up for use is recorded for the purpose of establishing waiting lists and to assist in the enforcement of time limits. Patrons are not required to present library cards or other identification when reserving library computers. Sign-up sheets are destroyed at the end of each day although summary statistics may be gathered from these lists.
Modern microcomputers and Internet browser software programs temporarily store information about sites visited and often provide means by which users can save preferences or bookmarks of frequently visited sites. The Dayton Metro Library makes every effort to prevent users from intentionally or unintentionally saving bookmarks and other preferences on library computers. URL history files are locked and thus are not updated. Upon booting of library computer systems, all temporary and cached computer files are deleted.
Patrons are encouraged to participate in securing the privacy of their computer sessions by exiting the browser software after they have finished using a Library computer. Patrons are required to only save documents to floppy disk drives.
The Library cannot be responsible for user's privacy when the user discloses information to outside web sites. It is the user's responsibility to protect their personal information.
Overriding the Library's Internet Filter
The Library permits adult patrons to temporarily disable the Library's Internet Filter for ten minutes at a time. In order to establish that the patron is age eighteen or older, adult patrons are required to enter their library card number. Card numbers for patrons age seventeen or younger will be denied access to this feature.
The Library's server only records that a request has been made to disable the filter. The patron's card number is not recorded as a part of that transaction.
Privacy of Circulation and Registration Information
The Library creates a registration record for each patron who wishes to borrow materials. The library's application form requests the borrower's name, address, and other identifying information. This information is used only for library circulation purposes. Optional sections of the registration form request demographic information, such as age and gender. This information is only used for analyzing usage and only summary reports lacking specific patron identification are created.
The library's circulation function temporarily links a patron with the library materials he or she has checked out. Unless fines or other exceptions occur, this link is severed when materials are returned. For each item checked out to a patron, the Library maintains the following information:
For items which have not been returned the library will keep details as to when notices are sent and, if necessary, dates of billing information. Patrons whose delinquencies exceed the library determined threshold, the patron's name and address, number of items and total dollar amount will be sent to a collection agency. The collection agency is not provided title specific information.
Access to Account Information
Patrons may call the library to determine how many and which library materials are still checked out to them. Parents and legal guardians may request the same information about their minor children. The following guidelines are provided to staff in following the Board's policy on the "Confidentiality of Library Records."
The Library maintains a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Troy-Miami County Public Library and the Bradford Public Library. Under this agreement and through a shared computer system, patrons of each library are permitted to borrow and reserve materials from any of the three independent libraries. The nature of this cooperative agreement permits staff members of each library to view the registration and circulation records of the other libraries' patrons. The cooperating libraries maintain similar policies as to the privacy of circulation records.
Any questions concerning the interpretation of this policy should be forwarded to the Director.
Confidentiality of Library Circulation Records
Protecting the confidentiality of library record is one of the most important responsibilities of our staff. Under the specific processes outlined below, the library may be required to provide access to such records.
The following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of September 20, 2000 by unanimous vote:
Whereas, the Board of Library Trustees of the Dayton Metro Library specifically recognizes that its circulation and registration records are confidential in nature; and
Whereas, the Board of Library Trustees of the Dayton Metro Library adopted a formal resolution so stating this policy on August 19, 1970 with a revision on June 17, 1981; and
Whereas, the Board of Library Trustees of the Dayton Metro Library supported the passage of HB 389, "Nondisclosure of Library Records and Patron Information" introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives on July 21, 1999; and
Whereas, HB 389, as amended, was passed by both the Ohio House and Senate and signed into law by the Governor on July 6, 2000 to become effective October 5, 2000; now
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Board of Library Trustees of the Dayton Metro Library reaffirms its position in support of the confidentiality of library records and patron information; and
Be It Further Resolved, that such records shall not be made available to any individual, organization, agency, or state, federal or local government except in the situations specifically delineated in Section 149.432(B)(1 through 5) of the Ohio Revised Code; and
Be It Further Resolved, that all Staff Members of the Dayton Metro Library be so advised of this Policy and the exceptions contained in Section 149.432(B)(1 through 5) of the Ohio Revised Code.