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Frequently Asked Questions

This is the place to find the answers to your questions. Interested in how you can register to vote or make copies at your Library? Looking for details on reserving a tutor room, hanging a poster or getting a Library Card? It's all here!

Do you have WIFI?

Yes we do. All locations have free WIFI.

How do I reserve a community meeting room?

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.

How do I get a library card and how old do I need to be?

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.

Can I return my materials to any library location?

Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which library you checked them out from originally.

Do you have tax forms? Can you help me with my taxes?

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.

How do I download audio books, music and movies?

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!

How do I find a branch library near me?

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.

How do I renew my library materials?

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.

How much are library fines?

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 $10 or more in charges, the account holder will be blocked from checkout until sufficient payment is made.

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Do you have fax machines?

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.

Collection Development Policy

Appendix A:
Library's Mission Statement & Values


The Library's Mission Statement

The Dayton Metro Library connects our community to the broadest range of information and thought. We are the marketplace of the mind.


Our Values

In connecting our community to the broadest range of information and thought we embrace a set of core values that guide our work and keep us centered on our mission. These values form our organizational ethos.



We are dedicated to giving patrons what they want, not what we think they should have. This includes giving them the materials and information in the formats they want them. Books, videos, sound recordings and online content each have a legitimate place in our collections because these are the formats our patrons find relevant and will use to enhance their lives. We will not make personal judgments on the value of individual works and therefore we will not censor nor will we add or remove materials to meet our personal convictions.

Community Focus

We provide value to our community by bringing information to them. We are part of our community's future because we preserve our community's past. We share in creating that history, as we help to shape the institutions and contribute to the public discourse that forms our community.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

We embrace the strengths of our differences. We understand that others share different viewpoints and represent different cultures. We will be flexible and sensitive in how we work and the materials we buy. We strive to create opportunities for our patrons and ourselves, and in doing so we will bridge the gaps between the haves and the have-nots, between those who can and cannot, and between those with skills and those without.


We value the trust our patrons place in us. We will uphold their privacy by rigorously upholding the confidentiality of the information they share with us. Our community trusts us to treat them and their funds with honesty and responsibility. We will exercise our fiscal responsibilities and legal requirements with care and consideration.

Literacy and Learning

We will actively support learning to read as the first step in a lifelong learning experience. Being able to read is not only essential to survival in today's society, but it also leads to a richer and more rewarding life. It enables us to gain knowledge and empowers us to share that knowledge with those who are important in our lives. We seek to engage everyone in our community, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, as we build a literate and learning community.

Organizational Effectiveness

We are a successful organization because we are dedicated to our mission and work to efficiently provide services to our patrons. We accomplish this through consistent communication throughout the organization and a genuine emphasis on teamwork and collaboration in decision-making. We will develop our skills to adapt to the changes in our society and the demands our community places on us.


We strive for excellence in everything we do because we are passionate about providing consistent quality service. We will treat everyone as a valued customer including our co-workers, library users, and those we seek as new users.


To maintain our relevancy we will continually innovate and challenge the way we think about services we provide. We will stay focused on the long-term goal of building a stronger community through comprehensive collections, inviting facilities, and quality service.


Adopted by the Board of Trustees July 17, 2002
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