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Today at Brookville (12:00 PM)
Bring your lunch and join us for some fun and educational activities. We'll have…


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


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 Brookville (3:30 PM)
Perler beads are plastic fusible beads. These colorful beads are usually arrange…


Today at Wilmington (3:30 PM)
Be sure to bring in a clean, white cotton t-shirt to decorate with pictures of b…


Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Don't know what to do with your old CDs·  Bring them to the Ketterin…


Today at New Lebanon (3:30 PM)
Join us as we let our geek flags fly in crafty ways!…


Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Meet with other creative people at the Creativity Cafe. We will showcase project…


Today at Miamisburg (4:00 PM)
The summer theme  is Build a Better World, so each Thursday this summer, al…


Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come play video games and board games. Snacks will be provided. …


Today at Electra Doren (6:00 PM)
Teens join us at Electra Doren for the Summer Reading Challenge Kick Off party. …


Today at Brookville (6:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Today at Kettering (6:30 PM)
We are all given the same 24 hours each day, yet many of us go to bed each night…


Today at Huber Heights (6:30 PM)
Seed bombs are a great way to plant colorful wildflowers in places you don't no…


Today at Trotwood (6:30 PM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs, and activities for parents an…


Today at Kettering (6:30 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, ca…


Today at Northwest (6:30 PM)
Spend time playing and chatting with Ms. Becky in the Story Corner.  We'll …


Today at Wilmington (6:30 PM)
Once a month teens gather for an hour and a half of mayhem and thumb-jockeying, …


Tomorrow at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Designed for individuals living with early stage dementia, this program is open …


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


Tomorrow at Wilmington (4:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
A YA book club hosted by the West Carrollton library that is open to anyone in g…


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


Saturday at Northwest (12:00 AM)


Saturday at Electra Doren (10:00 AM)
Bought a book or magazine and finished it· Don't know what to do with it…


Saturday at Miamisburg (11:00 AM)
We own a 3D Printer! Join us and learn how the 3D printer works. Bring your lapt…


Saturday at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading…


Saturday at Trotwood (1:00 PM)
Read your favorite book to a Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association animal. Each c…


Saturday at Kettering (2:00 PM)
This as you know is the story of Lincoln's journey to Washington in 1861 and h…

           

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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