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The new library has been the most highly anticipated jewel in the crown of downtown Dayton for months!  It was scheduled to open in June…. But then, sadly, postponed.  But now, as of August 5, 2017 it is officially opening! This new building is a dream come true. It has all of the latest bells and whistles. It is flooded with light and inviting cozy chairs to curl up and read a book. It has two fireplaces for those ugly days of the year when you just can’t seem to get warm. It has a quiet reading room for those who don’t want to hear cell phone calls, groups interacting or just conversation in the rest of the library. It is filled with surfaces the tactile side of you will want to touch, beautiful art and windows that make you feel like you are nestled in the treetops in Cooper Park. It is quite simply, an amazing place! 

picThere is an area called Launch point that is located on the second floor of the library. Launch point is your area for expertise and resources for business, career and nonprofits.

Whether you’re a small business entrepreneur, a nonprofit fundraiser, or an individual considering career or college options, LAUNCH Point is your source for expertise, services and tools for success. Free workshops and programs provide important networking opportunities and useful information for businesses, job seekers and nonprofit organizations. Visit LAUNCH Point on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library.

BUSINESS SERVICES LIBRARIAN Ann Riegle-Crichton offers guidance in writing polished business plans, connecting with research in the marketplace, identifying networking opportunities and getting the most from online and print resources. Contact her at (937) 496-8631 or by email:

NONPROFIT RESOURCES LIBRARIAN Susan Rodenberg provides assistance with grant writing, fundraising, board development, planning and other areas of nonprofit interest. Contact her at (937) 496-8624 or by email:

  Launch point is an area where five or six people can meet and discuss all things nonprofit. Right outside the door to this area is the nonprofit collection of materials that are essential to nonprofit management. You will find books about writing grants, strategic planning, managing change, forming a strong board, preparing budgets and succession planning. The collection is a must see for anyone in a new position in a nonprofit organization or contemplating changes required at their nonprofit.

As always, classes are offered where individuals will learn how to use the Foundation Directory Online, the massive database that can be used to identify foundations that make grants to nonprofit agencies around the world. The user of the database will walk away with a real strategy for approaching foundations that are likely to support the nonprofit right here in Dayton Ohio!

Schedule some time to come to the new library and familiarize yourself with everything it has to offer to yourself and your family. Plan on spending a couple of hours to find some inspiration for your personal or professional life!

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