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Looking for Support for Your Student? Dayton Metro Library Can HelpNow

Parents and educators are struggling to determine the best way to teach children in the time of COVID-19. This school year, many students will do some or all of their schooling online. Whether online or in-person, Dayton Metro Library can help students succeed! Dozens of free educational tools and resources to support K-12 students - and their parents, tutors and teachers - are available 24/7 at

In order to access the online learning tools, website visitors need to have a Dayton Metro Library card and PIN. Don't have a DML card? A fast, easy option is to register online for a free eCard. An eCard gives immediate access to all of DML’s electronic resources, from eBooks and eAudiobooks to the online learning tools. (An eCard must be upgraded to a regular Library card in order to borrow physical materials from the Library.) Register for an eCard at, or apply for a regular Library card in person at any Branch location.

HelpNowHelpNow by Brainfuse is just one online resource that supports elementary, middle and high school students - and it’s a great one! HelpNow offers an extensive collection of lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests on all the basic subjects. Plus, free, personalized, one-on-one tutoring is available 2:00-11:00 pm, seven days a week!

Find HelpNow under Research Tools at Connect with a HelpNow tutor by clicking the “Get Live Help” button during tutoring hours. Middle and high school students who are proficient in online interaction can work independently with a HelpNow tutor; younger students may need a parent or caregiver to facilitate the interaction.

HelpNow offers lessons and guidance for grades 3 and up in these general subject areas:

  • Math (including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus)
  • Reading Comprehension/Grammar/Vocabulary
  • Science (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science)
  • Social Studies (including US History, and World History)
  •  GED and exam prep

Additional tools at HelpNow include a Writing Lab for expert writing assistance, a Language Lab for French and Spanish learners, Skills Building exercises, peer collaboration, a section for Adult Learners, and more. Progress can be saved and revisited any time.

HelpNow is just one of dozens of free Homework and Educator Resources available under Research Tools at For assistance finding and using the right tools for you, call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665 or visit your nearest Branch Library in person. Dayton Metro Library hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm., closed Sunday and Monday. Mask-wearing and social distancing protocols are in place.

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