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Winter 2022 Magazine
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21st Century Libraries

Thanks to the strong support of voters for a bond issue in 2012, the Dayton Metro Library is undergoing a system-wide upgrade of its aging and outdated buildings. The new facilities will be reshaped for modern library needs to enhance programming and the patron experience. They will also enable the Library to operate more cost effectively, even with nearly triple the public space. When completed, Montgomery County will have 17 new community assets sure to be a destination for learning and gathering for people of all ages.

Libraries for a Smarter Future Facilities Plan

  • Rebuild and expand the Main Library in Downtown Dayton
  • Build 11 new branches in Brookville, East Dayton/Riverside, Huber Heights, Miamisburg, New Lebanon, Northmont, Northwest Dayton, Southeast Dayton, Trotwood, Vandalia, and West Dayton
  • Expand and/or renovate 5 branches: Electra C. Doren, Kettering-Moraine, Miami Township, West Carrollton, and Wilmington-Stroop
  • Move backroom functions to an operations center in a renovated historic building

newmainEach Library will feature spaces tailored for children, teens, and adults with elements such as story-time corners, gaming, and quiet reading areas. The extensive service improvements include easy-to-browse collections and rooms of varying size for tutoring, small group work sessions, meetings, and community gatherings. The enhanced technology will include more computers, new devices, and upgraded power and connectivity. Most branches will offer more parking and the lower levels of the new Main Library has an attached garage.

The projects are divided into segments based on severity of current building issues, status of property and land acquisition, and geographic spread.

To find out what's happening at your Branch, visit our Branch pages.

 Facilities Information:

Facility Plan Summary (01 April, 2013)

Facilities for Results (01 April, 2013)


canalIn 1888, Ohioan Benjamin Harrison was elected President, Jack the Ripper was striking fear in London, Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear and the Dayton Library opened its first permanent building, a gothic structure in Cooper Park. Just a block or two away, the Sachs-Pruden Ale Company constructed a sturdy new building on the canal at Fourth Street.

In 2013, the Dayton Metro Library purchased this building to serve as its new Operations Center. The purchase was part of the countywide facilities improvement project known as Libraries for a Smarter Future, made possible by voter support of a 2012 bond issue. Prior to the Library's purchase, the building was home to the Hauer Music Company, but its history dates back nearly 130 years.

In the late 1800s, workers would have arrived at the Sachs-Pruden building by horse and buggy. The building stood during the great flood of 1913 when first water, then fire, swept through Dayton. When Prohibition forced breweries to close in 1920, the Lowe Brothers paint company purchased the building and used it as a warehouse for many years. Read More

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