Dayton Metro Library

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Dayton Metro Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] E-mail reference question form


Main Branch
215 E. Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402

Telephone:[1] 937-463-BOOK

M, T, Th: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
W, F: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1 - 5 pm

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Directions:
    • from the north on I-75: Merge onto I-75 S toward Dayton. ake the Webster St/Keowee St/OH-4 N exit, EXIT 54B, toward Springfield, 0.4 mi. Keep right to take the Webster St/Keowee St N ramp toward Fifth Third Field, 0.3 mi. Merge onto Deeds Park Dr, 0.01 mi. Take the 1st right onto Webster St, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto E 3rd St, 0.3 mi. The Dayton Metro Library at 215 E 3RD ST is on the right.
    • from the east on US-35: Merge onto US-35 W toward Dayton. Take the Jefferson St exit toward OH-48/Main St, 0.5 mi. Keep right to take the Jefferson St ramp toward Fifth Third Field, 0.06 mi. Merge onto S Jefferson St, 0.05 mi. Turn slight right onto S Patterson Blvd, 0.4 mi. Turn left onto E 3rd St, 0.03 mi. The Dayton Metro Library at 215 E 3RD ST is on the right.
    • from the south on I-75: Merge onto I-75 N toward Dayton. Take the Third St E exit, EXIT 53A, toward Downtown/Sinclair Col, 0.3 mi. Merge onto W 3rd St, 0.8 mi. The Dayton Metro Library at 215 E 3RD ST is on the right.
    • from the west on US-35: Turn onto US-35 E toward Dayton. Continue straight on when it becomes 3rd St. The Dayton Metro Library is four blocks past the Dayton City Hall - the Library is on the left at 215 E 3RD ST.
  • Public transportation: Dayton RTA buses routes 1 thru 19, X1A, X1B, X5, and 40 thru 43 all stop downtown within three blocks of the Dayton Metro Library.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Dayton Room has one of Ohio's best genealogical collections including books, periodicals, indexes, genealogies, and biographies.[2]

Special Collections have Dayton history and genealogy, historical photographs, journals, magazines and newspapers. Computers and microfilm scanners are among the tools available.[3] Local history resources include:

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Dayton Metro Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[4] Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[5]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[6]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[7]
  • Ohio History Connection, Columbus, serves as the state archives. Excellent manuscript collection for government, land, and military records. Also has biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[2] [8]
  • State Library of Ohio, Columbus, has good records of Ohio, and of states like Pennsylvania, New York, and the states of New England which all contributed early immigrants to Ohio.[2]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Welcome to our electronic reference service in Dayton Metro Library (accessed 15 January 2021).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. History and Genealogy in Dayton Metro Library (accessed 4 March 2015).
  4. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  5. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  6. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  7. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Ohio Network of American History Research Centers in Ohio History Connection (accessed 28 February 2014).
  9. Archives in Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc. (accessed 5 March 2015).
  10. Home in Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (accessed 5 March 2015).
  11. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).