Back to basics: Dayton Metro Library reopens reading rooms and more

The Dayton Metro Library has begun restarting services suspended during the pandemic. LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Dayton Metro Library has begun restarting services suspended during the pandemic. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Good news library lovers — the Dayton Metro Library has begun restarting services suspended during the pandemic.

“We are happy to resume library services that we know have been needed and missed in the community,” said Rachel Gut, deputy director, in a release. “We are phasing these services back over the coming weeks, so that both our staff and the public can adjust to the changes we’re all experiencing.”

The Dayton Metro Library has begun restarting services suspended during the pandemic. STAFF FILE PHOTO
The Dayton Metro Library has begun restarting services suspended during the pandemic. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

The library will continue offering curbside service indefinitely. Masks will be available for anyone who requests one, and staff will clean computer stations and surfaces upon request.

By June 2:

  • Free, small meeting spaces (Tutor Rooms, Quads, Group Study Rooms and Conference Rooms) will reopen for public use. Reservations can be made by calling 937-463-2665.
  • Quiet Reading Rooms will reopen.
  • All public computer stations will be available.
  • Free, in-person computer classes will begin being scheduled at select locations.
  • Free, in-person outdoor Pop-Up Programs will be offered at all DML locations.
  • Groups can request library services at off-site locations, or at any DML location. (Note: groups of visiting children ages 6-12 will need to wear masks until further notice.)
  • The Main Library’s “open conference” area will reopen on the third floor.
  • Food and beverages are permitted in the Library.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused state funding for public libraries to decrease for next year. Dayton Metro library's funding will drop more than $1.8 million.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused state funding for public libraries to decrease for next year. Dayton Metro library's funding will drop more than $1.8 million.

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

By June 14:

  • Toys, games, puzzles and craft supplies will be available for children.
  • Gaming systems will be available for tweens and teens.

By June 21:

  • The Main Library’s Green Screen Room and Editing Suites, the Northwest Branch’s Tech Studio, and portable AV editing equipment at the Branches, will be available.

By July 19:

  • All DML locations will return to pre-COVID standard operating hours.
  • Community Rooms will once again be available during open hours.

By August 16:

  • Community Rooms will be available for before-and after-hours use.

For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call the Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.