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Open Book Club will meet the 4th Wednesday of every month at 6:30 (might be exception in November/December).

Next book club:  Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:30 pm (new time). Book:  "Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley

Open book club for adults began February 22, 2017. Call or stop by if you are interested:  515-547-2700. Attend one or all—it is not necessary to attend every single one or read every book or all of the month’s book selection.

Books will be provided by the library. Attendees are welcome to bring a beverage of choice, including pop, beer, wine. Enjoy a relaxing and fun night away from home . . . it's free and all are welcome!


Welcome to the Dayton Public Library!  Our library was established before 1900 in Dayton, Iowa, when a few women each purchased some books to exchange.  As the collection grew, the books were housed in the back of the local bank with access provided only to local schoolchildren.  Later a women's club was organized, and they established the library in 1940, which was moved to the high school.  The women’s club sponsored the library until 1945, after which time it became tax-supported to help maintain a free public library for the town.  Due to overcrowding, the library relocated to an old bank building where it remained until the current building was erected in 1966.  This new building included the post office and city council chambers.  In 1993 the council chambers were relocated, allowing the library to expand into the additional space for a total of 1406 square feet.

The Dayton Public Library is accredited by the State Library of Iowa.  It is the library's mission to provide citizens with equal access to information and ideas in order to lead an enriched life through lifelong learning.

Please click on "Contact Us" to learn about our location, hours, and contact information.  Click on "About Us" for a list of the library’s current Board of Trustees, as well as services and materials the library provides.  Please see "Library News" for special information regarding our library and general library advocacy news.


Monday | Wednesday | Friday 11 am - 6 pm | Saturday 9 am – noon

Closed some holidays.  Inclement weather policy in place.

See “policies” and “calendar” on our web site.

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