Dayton Metro Library offers curbside pickup, accepts returns

The Dayton Metro Library is now offering curbside pickup for requested items and is also accepting returns of checked out items.

Curbside pickup is available at all branches Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Requested items will be bagged and put in trunks or patrons can pick up their marked bag at the library’s entrance.

“We are eager to safely provide the books and other materials people want, while maintaining all health and safety guidelines,” said Rachel Gut, deputy director.

To request items, visit the library's online catalog or call the Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.

A notification will be sent via email, text or phone call when the requested items are ready. Patrons should call the Ask Me Line to arrange the pickup. Items will be checked out to the patron’s account and bagged at the carryout location selected by the patron.

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The library is also accepting returns ago. Checked out items can be returned using books drops or the return slot at automatized handling machines at newer libraries.

Library staff will not directly accept returned items.

All items borrowed before March 13 are due June 30.

“All returned materials will be quarantined for four days,” said Gut. “After the quarantine period, the items will be checked in and shelved, so they can be safely borrowed by other library patrons.”

Library staff will wear face masks, wash hands frequently, wear gloves as needed, have their temperature checked before arriving to work and follow other protocols to handle materials safely.

All library buildings will remain closed to the public at this time.

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“In a recent poll, our patrons affirmed that what they miss and want most from their library right now is access to the physical collection,” said Gut. “We are pleased to be able to offer that access with curbside service, but we look forward to a time when the public can browse our shelves once again.”

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