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The Dayton Room - Local History + Genealogy

ATTENTION: Since our Libraries reopened on July 7, the second and third floors of the Main Library have remained closed - but that’s changed. Effective Aug. 4, you’ll be able to browse the adult nonfiction and fiction collections, visit TeenEdge, or have a seat in the Great Reading Room. All meeting rooms and tutor rooms remain unavailable at this time. Local history collections in The Dayton Room can be accessed by appointment only. Call 937.463.2665 and ask for The Dayton Room to schedule a visit, or email

The Dayton RoomTHE DAYTON ROOM at the Main Library, houses more than 200 years of historical materials about Dayton, Montgomery County and the Miami Valley area. The Collection includes books, photographs, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, postcards, videos and more. Many of our historic images can also be found in Dayton Remembers, our online digital image database. Flatbed and cradle scanners in The Dayton Room are available to help you digitize your own family documents, photos and history. The Dayton Room is located on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library.

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