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Look In. Reach Beyond.

Some people ask, "Are libraries relevant?" The Dayton Metro Library Foundation says "Yes!" The numbers tell the story of just how critical the Library is as a service center for the region:

  • The Main Library, 20 neighborhood Branches and an Outreach Division offer services, programs and more.

  • The Library employs 525 full and part time staff members.

  • Each year the Library serves more than 450,000 patrons who visit its branches 3.5 million times and borrow more than 6 million items.

  • The Library welcomes 180,000 program participants, provides 700,000 hours of high speed internet access and offers approximately 7,000 free enriching opportunities for children, teens, adults and lifelong learners.

It all adds up - the Library is an essential and active community resource!

An Important Part of the Equation:

The Dayton Metro Library Foundation is the multiplier. The Library currently serves the community in exciting and engaging ways, but with the support of the Foundation, the Library can enhance and expand its capacity to reach beyond.

Beyond the Library's impressive collection of books, music, magazines, movies, databases and more, we're imagining what the Library can be. Will there be a 3D printer in the new Opportunity Space? Will there be a high-quality sound system in the Theater Off Third? Will the Library's youngest users have manipulatives that promote kindergarten readiness? Will our homebound seniors have access to tools and programs to help them feel connected? The answers to all these questions – and even more – can be "YES!" through your support of the Foundation.

Explore these pages to learn more about the strategic initiatives that are igniting the Foundation Board. Meet the Foundation's Board of Directors, and see how your gifts can make a difference.

Also, read about successes from past Library programs and the exciting new Library facilities plan.

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