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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?

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.

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.

Access to the Internet on Library Computers



The following guidelines are provided to assist all patrons of the Library. The Library provides access to the Internet, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and other productivity software at no charge to the user from computers available at the Library. Patrons are encouraged to ask for assistance, however, staff trained on the use of the Internet service may not always be available during Library hours of operation.


Before using the Library's Internet service, patrons must read and agree to abide by the policies and procedures of the Library as set forth in the Dayton Metro Library Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy and these guidelines.

Guidelines may vary slightly at each Library location depending on physical constraints, number of workstations available, and the amount of use by the public.


Patrons agree to abide by the following guidelines when using the Library's internet service

  • The Internet computers are available, subject to periodic maintenance, during the Library's normal hours of operation.
  • Use of the Internet computers is on a "first come, first served" basis. Patrons are required to sign up to use a computer for Internet access. Library cards and guest logons are used to reserve computers, to maintain computer sessions and to track printing from computers. No record is kept connecting Library card numbers to web sites visited. The PC Reservation system does not retain individual information about signups past the day the reservation is made.
  • Users may sign up for only one session at a time. Internet sessions may be of limited time if others are waiting. Users must leave the assigned computer at the end of the session. Session extensions may be granted when no one is signed up for that computer and extended time will be included in calculations for an individual's allotted time for the day.
  • Users will respect the privacy of other users, and will refrain from attempting to view or read material being used by others.
  • The Library will not be held liable for damages to personal data and removable media. Despite the Library's attempt to protect users from viruses, please be advised that complete protection is not possible.
  • There is a printing charge. The Library does not charge for printing Library catalog holdings and personal account information.
  • The Library will not create or maintain electronic mail or chat-room accounts for patrons.
  • Popular web-based e-mail and chat-oriented services may be accessed using Library computers, however, the display of sexually explicit imagery is prohibited.
  • Only authorized Library employees are permitted to install software on Library computers. Downloading of files from public access computers may be done on removable media only. USB flash drives may be purchased at the Library for a minimal charge.
  • Use of any computer is for LEGAL purposes only. Use of the workstation for any ILLEGAL purposes including software piracy and copyright violations is NOT permitted.
  • Use of any Library computer for any activity that is deliberately offensive, or creates an intimidating or hostile environment is prohibited.
  • Use of any Library computer for unsolicited advertising, chain letters, spreading of viruses and/or any other practice that interferes with the use by others is prohibited.
  • Any efforts to bypass the security of the Library's computer network, hacking, and/or other misuse of the Library's Internet computers is prohibited.

Library patrons who fail to abide by the Library's Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy and the above Guidelines are in violation of the Library's posted Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in loss of Internet service and in extreme or repeated cases may result in the loss of other Library privileges.

Revised Policy Adopted by the Board March 15, 2006

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