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Main Library Fun Fact: 2210 total pieces of furniture will be moved in, including:

• 1652 Chairs

• 13 Benches

• 64 Couches

• 296 Tables/Desks

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Photo by Andy Snow.
Stop by the Vandalia branch Thursday 8/3, 1:30pm for some lively discussion, snacks, and fun and discuss the engaging book A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery. We will be talking with the author via Skype! New adult members welcome!

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Summer Challenge
Launch - Connecting you to job skills & resources

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Events (view all)


Today at Huber Heights (11:00 AM)
Bring the whole family to the library for storytime and a puppet show!…


Today at Vandalia (2:00 PM)
Snacks will be served. Ages 3-12. …


Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Race, dance, win--Come play Wii with your friends!  We have four remotes, s…


Tomorrow at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Have some fun on your own making the craft of the week!  All materials prov…


Tomorrow at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Celebrate the end of the Summer Challenge with a carnival! We'll have games, foo…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (10:00 AM)
Have you ever read a choose your own adventure book·  Come to this p…


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)


Tomorrow at Vandalia (10:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Tomorrow at Belmont (10:30 AM)
Celebrate your Summer Challenge success with a few rounds of Word Bingo! This ga…


Tomorrow at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, ca…


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (11:30 AM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, ca…


Tomorrow at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Join us for a family-friendly movie with popcorn!…


Tomorrow at Wilmington (3:00 PM)
More Summer Crafts based on our Summer Reading theme of 'Building a Better World…


Monday at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Monday at W. Carrollton (10:00 AM)
This program is for kids who love to move and dance around!  We will dance …


Monday at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Monday at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Monday at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
A special guest from the Gem City Roller Derby will be here to show you the ins …


Monday at Northmont (3:00 PM)
Bring your own ereader to learn how to use the library's OverDrive program for e…


Monday at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Monday at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, building enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an ep…


Monday at Huber Heights (4:30 PM)
For kids ages 7-10 Think your kid is hopelessly unorganized· Think ag…


Monday at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Come enjoy an activity that is some part art, and some part making.  Exampl…


Monday at Huber Heights (6:00 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, ca…


Monday at Northmont (6:30 PM)
Hear about the seven day camel safari Allen Johnson and three of his grandchildr…


Monday at Vandalia (6:30 PM)
During the years leading up to national prohibition Dayton was home to the natio…


Tuesday at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Tuesday at East (10:00 AM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs and activities for parents and…

           

Collection Development Policy

Introduction

"The Dayton Metro Library connects our community to the broadest range of information and thought. We are the marketplace of the mind." (From the Library's Mission Statement, Appendix A)

To meet this service responsibility, the Board establishes a Collection Development Policy. This document defines a policy to guide library staff in the selection of materials. It also serves as a means to inform the public of the philosophy of selection and establishes a framework for continuous collection evaluation and improvement.

In addition to the Main Library, the Dayton Metro Library is served by twenty branch locations as part of an integrated system. The library system is a unified collection with an integrated computer catalog which allows a patron to see what is in the entire collection by checking the PAC (public access catalog) at any library. One library card can be used at all locations to borrow materials. Materials borrowed from one library branch can be returned to another, and library materials from any location may be delivered to another branch that is the most convenient for a patron to use.

The Board of Library Trustees and staff cooperate and communicate with other libraries in the area as well as community agencies, groups, and organizations with purposes and activities related to library objectives.

This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Board and staff in making decisions about library collections. It also examines the demographic and cultural context by which materials are added to the collection. The general philosophical basis for selection and support for the protection of intellectual freedom are included with specific guidelines for the purchase of various types of material for a diverse clientele.

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