New Main Library

New Main Library Opens Downtown

Mike Colvin Downtown Progress, Downtown Projects

New Main LibraryOne of downtown’s most highly anticipated new amenities became a reality in August of 2017, as the new Main Library branch of the Dayton Metro Library system finished construction and opened to the public.

Built on the structural core of the original 1962 library building, the new Main Library is four times the size of the previous building. With expansive park and city views, six original art installations, meeting places and gathering spaces of all sorts, the Main Library is a destination for exploration, learning and discovery.

In addition to dramatically changing downtown’s landscape, the new, state-of-the-art library greatly enhanced services, spaces, and amenities for its users.

Amenities include:


  • Charming, climbable bridge portal\
  • Hands-on learning technology and manipulatives
  • Story Corner with seating for storytimes
  • Enclosed outdoor patio
  • Creativity Space for programs and activities


  • The Eichelberger Forum performance space
  • Bassani Theater Off Third black box theater
  • Conference, Collaboration and Small Group Study Rooms
  • Opportunity Spaces for longer-term residency
  • The Berry Quiet Reading Room
  • Dedicated areas for Children, Tweens and Teens
  • Table 33 Café (opening soon)
  • Comfortable and stunning views throughout


  • More than 130 computers with internet access for public use
  • 1000 mb/s internet service
  • Laptop Dispensers and iPad lending
  • Green Screen Room with audio/video recording and editing equipment
  • AWE computers and tablets with educational software for children
  • Touchscreen catalog monitors
  • Technology Labs with laptops and desktops for classroom instruction


  • Beautiful, light-filled, three story Atrium
  • LAUNCH Point resources for business, nonprofits and workforce development
  • The Dayton Room local history collection
  • Extensive Genealogy resources
  • Holds Lockers for convenient pick up of reserves
  • Limited parking beneath the Library
  • Fireplaces with tables and seating
  • Six original art installations


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