Get ready, the date is almost here the public opening of the state of the art one of a kind Dayton Metro Library will be opening to the public for a Community Open House June 17 from Noon to 5 p.m. 

Since 1888 the hub of Dayton Metro Library has been situated in Cooper Park in Downtown Dayton.  While the location has remained constant, throughout our history the Library and its facilities have been evolving to meet the changing needs of the community and our patrons.  The newest facility is currently being constructed around the solid structural core of the 1960s building.  With the addition of a three-story tower and the relocation of back office activities to a new Operations Center down the street, there will be 114,000 square feet of public space in the new Main (four times the prior building) to provide a civic commons to inform, inspire and enrich our community for decades to come. 

Preview Celebration of the New Main Library

FROM: Gwen E. Owen, 937-496-8901

Content Writer, External Relations Dept.
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT: Chuck Duritsch, 937-496-8586

Manager, External Relations Dept.

(February 8, 2017) –THE MAIN EVENT is the long-awaited preview celebration of the new Main Library in downtown Dayton. This unique event features more than a dozen different performances, including live music, improvisational artists, live art creation and surprises at every turn.  Tickets for the April 22 event are on sale now at All proceeds benefit The Dayton Metro Library Foundation.

“Our community will not see an event like this again anytime soon,” said Rodney Veal, Co-Chair of Team 17, the volunteer committee planning THE MAIN EVENT. “It’s going to blow your mind! This is NOT what people expect to see in their Library.”

 From valet parking and chef-made hors d’oeuvres to hands-on “making,” guests at THE MAIN EVENT will experience their Library in entirely new ways. The event flow encourages attendees to move throughout the 120,000+ square foot building, discovering the Library’s new amenities and enjoying a variety of intrigue on three expansive levels.

 “This is not just an evening of amazing entertainment, food and drinks at an incredible value, although it is certainly that,” said Michelle Kaye, Team 17 Co-Chair. “There are many opportunities for participation. Partygoers can take to the floor for salsa or swing dancing, try their hand at a maker experience, or contribute to creative projects, which will become enduring gifts to the Library and to the community. Mostly, this is a one night only opportunity to explore the possibilities of the new Main Library, weeks before it opens for service to the public.”

The Main Library has undergone an extensive, $62 million renovation and expansion since September 2015, part of the Dayton Metro Library’s system-wide Libraries for a Smarter Future improvement project.

 THE MAIN EVENT Presenting Sponsor is PNC. Featured performers include:

 The Bob Gray Orchestra
Pianist Steffin Johnson
Son Del Caribe
The Keigo Hirakawa Trio with Eddie Bayard
Guitarist BJSR
Jackson Riffe on marimba
DJ Basim
Femme Fatale Silk Aerialists and Dancers
Poetry Slam with Sierra Leone
Tiffany Clark and Christopher “Etch” of The Mural Machine
Improvisational Artist Justin Howard
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Soul Fire Tribe

 Tickets are all inclusive at $150 per person and are available now at Proceeds benefit the Dayton Metro Library Foundation’s mission to enhance and expand the Library’s excellence.

For more information, call the Dayton Metro Library Foundation at (937) 496-8516.


The Dayton Metro Library is one of the oldest and largest public library systems in Ohio, consistently ranking among the best in the nation. There are currently 19 Library locations, plus Outreach Services, in Montgomery County. In order to fulfill its mission to inform, inspire and enrich the community, DML offers programs, materials and services for all ages and stages of life. It is funded in part by a portion of the state income tax and local levy support, with support from the Dayton Metro Library Foundation.

Specialized services and resources are available for schools, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, literacy providers and job seekers. The Library houses a unique collection of local history and genealogy materials. Computers are available for public use and computer instruction is offered at many Library locations.

In November, 2012, Montgomery County voters passed a $187 million bond issue to fund new construction and renovations for the Dayton Metro Library system. Highlights of the multi-phase, multi-year project currently in progress include consolidating Branch Libraries to 16, establishing an offsite Operations Center and completely renovating the Main Library in downtown Dayton. When the project is complete, Library users will enjoy modern, efficient facilities providing superior services and technology for the 21st century. Progress on the project is updated at

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Your New  Downtown Dayton Library  , 2017.

APRIL  2017.