The East and Belmont branches of the Dayton Metro Library will close today at 6 p.m. so that the two can combine to form a new Southeast Branch.
Belmont will reopen with limited services, such as public computers, returns and reserve pickup only from July 10 to July 26.
Staff from the East and Belmont branches will work at the new branch.
The grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Southeast Branch will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. It will feature refreshments, library mascot Cosmo and Pip, and entertainment.
The Southeast Branch will feature:
- Flexible community rooms (accessible before and after regular operating hours) that are equipped with professional grade sound systems and ceiling-mounted projectors
- Three 4-person quads, two 6-person group study rooms and two 2-person tutor rooms
- A large opportunity space that can serve as a training room, gallery, maker space and more
- A technology lab
- Dedicated areas for adults, teens and a sycamore-themed children's area
- A quiet reading room with cozy fireplace
- Mobile audio equipment and editing software
- Laptop and Macintosh systems lending (in-library only)
- Numerous public computers and industrial grade Wi-Fi
- PS4 and Nintendo Switch gaming systems
- An outdoor patio
- Abundant parking
- Five original art installations
This project is part of the Libraries for a Smarter Future plan, made possible by Montgomery County voter support of a bond issue in 2012.