Dayton Metro Library

Main Library Addition and Renovation

Project Overview

The Main Library in Downtown Dayton, as part of the $187 million system-wide building project, was being renovated and expanded at the existing location in Cooper Park. The renovation also created a new underground parking area for patrons on the lower levels of the building.

Moving “behind-the-scenes” staff functions such as Collection Development and IT to an offsite operations center has created a significant gain in public space at the Main Library possible. The current public space has now increased from 28,000 SF to 100,000 SF.

Key features include:

  • Easy access to new and popular materials on the first floor and improved browsing throughout
  • An enclosed quiet reading room and two comfortable reading areas with park views
  • Enhanced technology including more public computers, a computer lab, and convenient, upgraded power and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • An exciting and creative children’s program room, story corner, and enclosed outdoor area
  • Teen room designed for homework, gaming, activities, and gathering
  • Flexible spaces for innovative library and community programs and partnerships
  • Auditorium and Theatre
  • Tutoring, group study, and audiovisual suites
  • Coffee Bar/Café


100,000 SF


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