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Two Branch Libraries Merge

Belmont and East Branches to Close,
Become New Southeast Branch Library

Staff and patrons of the Belmont and East Branch Libraries will soon join together under one brand new roof. The new Southeast Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, centrally located at 21 Watervliet Avenue, is set to open on August 10, replacing the two smaller branches.

• East Branch, 2008 Wyoming Drive, and Belmont Branch, 1041 Watervliet Avenue, will close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. Belmont will reopen with limited services (public computers, returns and reserve pickup only), July 10 - 26.

• The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting at the Southeast Branch Library takes place Saturday, August 10, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., with refreshments, Library mascots Cosmo and Pip, and entertainment. Regular operating hours resume on Monday, August 12.

“The new Southeast Branch Library will be a landmark for the residents of southeast Dayton,” said Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director. “With new and expanded services and more than twice the space, it will more than replace the aging facilities that housed the two smaller branches.”

Features of the Southeast Branch Library include:

  • Flexible Community Rooms (accessible before and after regular operating hours), equipped with professional grade sound systems and ceiling-mounted projectors.
  • Three 4-person Quads, two 6-person Group Study Rooms, and two 2-person Tutor Rooms
  • A large Opportunity Space that can serve as a training room, gallery, maker space and more, available for partnerships of varying lengths
  • A Technology Lab
  • Dedicated areas for adults, teens and a Sycamore-themed Children’s Area
  • A Quiet Reading Room with cozy fireplace
  • Mobile audio equipment and editing software
  • Laptop and Macintosh systems lending (in-Library only)
  • Numerous public computers and industrial grade WiFi
  • PS4 and Nintendo Switch gaming systems for teens and tweens
  • An outdoor patio
  • Abundant parking
  • Five original art installations by area artists

Staff from both the East and Belmont Branch Libraries will work at the new Southeast Branch.

“We are all eager to work together serving our community in this wonderful, state of the art facility,” said Southeast Branch Manager Mark Roma. “It’s an exciting time for all of us, and we think our patrons will be very pleased.”

The project is part of the Libraries for a Smarter Future plan, made possible by Montgomery County voter support of a bond issue in 2012.

For more information call 937.463.2665.

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