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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?

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.

Click here to learn more.

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.

Photography in the Library

  1. POLICY
    Casual amateur photography is permitted in Library facilities for patrons and visitors wanting a remembrance of their visit. Photography is allowed to the extent that it does not interfere with the provision of Library services, is consistent with the Library’s Mission, and does not violate the Code of Conduct. Commercial photography requires prior permission and is subject to restrictions.

    Photographers are asked to be respectful when taking photographs of individuals or small groups, with special consideration to children, youth, and families. Photographers are to be mindful that some cultures object to being photographed, and to practice common courtesy by seeking permission of individuals that may be featured prominently in their photographs.
  2. DEFINITIONS

    Photograph or photography - for purposes of this policy, photograph or photography means any method of media capture including image, video and audio recordings of any kind or process, including any method of still image or audiovisual capture now or in the future. 

    Library - for purposes of this policy, Library refers to buildings, property, and vehicles owned or leased by the Dayton Metro Library.

  3. REGULATIONS

    1. Public libraries are considered a limited public forum – any restrictions on creative expression must be content neutral, narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest, and leave open alternate channels of communication.

    2. Public areas do not include areas where personal privacy would be expected (i.e. restrooms), or areas and/or events where photographing is prohibited by signage.

    3. In order to safeguard the Library’s patrons, employees, buildings and collections, and to ensure Library business is conducted without disruption, the Library reserves the right to deny or terminate any photography on Library property.

    4. Individuals filming or photographing on Library premises have sole responsibility for gaining all necessary releases and permissions from persons who can be identified in any photograph. The Library undertakes no responsibility for obtaining these releases.

    5. Library sponsored programs, events and classes may be photographed or videotaped for Library promotional or historical purposes.

    6. Researchers and journalists are responsible for obtaining permissions from material owners when photographing copyrighted material in the Library.  Additional permissions must be obtained to photograph materials or items in special collections because of complex copyright issues in these areas.

Effective Date 12/20/2017 (AD121)

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