The Wright Memorial Public Library is a community gathering place that helps fulfill patron needs for information and entertainment materials; meets the learning needs of patrons on topics related to work, school, and personal life; and encourages learning and intellectual growth from the earliest ages. The library provides high levels of efficient, friendly, personal service; and fosters an atmosphere of intellectual liberty in the American tradition of free ideas.
The library offers a number of services to the community including story hours for children; special events for teens, families, children, and adults; a book discussion group; a meeting room for public use; and a website with online learning resources, informational blogs, and downloadable digital books, magazines, music and videos.
The Wright Memorial Public Library will serve as a portal to resources that enrich patrons’ lives in a modern community gathering place and will foster the spirit of learning and exploration, the joy of reading, and the pursuit of knowledge.
The Wright Memorial Public Library is a community focal point that helps fulfill patron needs for information and entertainment materials; meets the learning needs of patrons on topics related to work, school, and personal life; and encourages learning and intellectual growth from the earliest ages. The Library provides high levels of efficient, friendly, personal service and fosters an atmosphere of intellectual liberty in the American tradition of free ideas.
Residents of Ohio are eligible for cards. Show a photo ID with your current address at the Check-out Desk. If your photo ID does not have your correct address, a second form of ID with the correct address, such as a recent piece of mail addressed to you, is required. When you register for your card, you may borrow five items, two of which may be DVD/Blu-ray. You will have provisional borrowing privileges for 60 days. This allows you to borrow a total of 20 items, 5 of which can be DVD/Blu-ray. After the 60 day period, if the account is in good standing, you will be able to borrow a maximum of 150 items, of which 25 may be DVD/Blu-ray. (Exceptions may apply for teachers and teachers in training with proper identification.)
Visit our Policies and Documents page .
Most items are loaned for three weeks. DVDs, some Blu-rays, and "Fast Read" books are loaned for one week. "Fast View" DVD and Blu-ray movies and “Doorway to Dayton” museum passes are loaned for three days. You may request a longer vacation loan on most items. Teachers may also request longer loan periods on items for classroom use .
Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out on their library card. If materials are returned late, their account will be assessed fines as follows:
|Material Type||Fines Per Day||Max. Fine per item|
|Fast Read Books||$1.00||$5.00|
|Fast View Movies||$1.00||$5.00|
|Doorway to Dayton Museum Passes||$1.00||$5.00|
|All other materials||$0.10||$5.00|
You can request that items be placed on hold for you. You can do this yourself using the Online Catalog , by calling the Reference Department (294-7171), or by coming to the Reference Desk in person. For any hold request you will need to provide your library card number. The number of items you can have on hold at one time is limited to 50.
When the item you have requested comes in, you will be notified by the method of your preference, either by phone, by email, or by text. The item will be kept on the Holds Shelf for seven days to give you time to come in and pick it up.
For highly popular items, the Library orders multiple copies, but the waiting list can still be lengthy. "Fast Read" copies of popular books and "Fast View" copies of popular movies cannot be placed on hold and may be available when a regular copy is not.
Wright Library allows all patrons, regardless of age, to borrow materials from all areas of the library's collection. The staff does not monitor or judge the materials selection of any borrower. Parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their children to the library to help them slect appropriate materials. It is the parents' right and responsibility to monitor their child's library use.
Parents who do not wish their minor child to have a library card must put that in writing. Parents may also choose, by signing a form, to restrict their minor child's library card from being used to borrow all audiovisual materials. A parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor may see the child's library record by providing the child's library card number or by being named a Designated Borrower on the child's account.
To have another person pick up your library materials, you may lend them your card, but you are responsible for fines and fees incurred on it. Alternatively, you may name a Designated Borrower. This must be done in person at the Check-Out Desk by presenting your library card and identification, and filling out a Designated Borrower form. Your designated borrower's name will then be entered into your patron record granting them the ability to check out items for you. You may have more than one designated borrower.
Any Oakwood resident who is permanently or temporarily unable to visit the library may participate in the Telefriend program. Materials of your choice will be pulled for you to be delivered by a volunteer. Call the Reference Desk at (937) 294-7171 for more information and to register.
|Wright Memorial Public Library Public Policy Manual ||1.02 MB|
|Wright Memorial Public Library Financial Policy Manual ||512.08 KB|
|Wright Memorial Public Library Employee Manual ||869.51 KB|
Board of Trustees
Wright Memorial Public Library is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of seven members appointed by the Oakwood Board of Education. The bylaws of the Board of Trustees are attached below. They are also available in the Library's Administrative Offices.
According to the Ohio Revised Code , legal responsibility is vested in the Board, which is the policy-making body of the Library. The Board's responsibilities include selection and appointment of the Director; election of the Fiscal Officer; promotion of Library interests; securing of funds adequate for a progressive program; and control of Library funds, property, and equipment. Subject to existing statutes and ordinances, it has power to determine the rules and regulations governing Library service and personnel.
Regular meetings of the Board are held the third Monday of the month as scheduled.
Note: Library policies are created in the Portable Document Format (.pdf). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view or print the brochure. Click here  to get Adobe Acrobat Reader.
An Oakwood School Library was mentioned in 1913 in the Oakwood Village Record. In 1916, the Board of Education passed a resolution to organize the Oakwood Library. It was housed in a Harman School classroom, included books for both adults and children, and was open only a few hours a week.
At the end of 1923, John R. Fletcher, president of the Board of Trustees, deeded the Library a building at 45 Park Avenue. That building, called the "Library House" or the "Park Avenue Library" was a big improvement over the school room, but by 1928 it was already overcrowded.
Orville Wright was appointed to the Board in 1934, serving for the next twelve years.
In 1937, the Library Board of Trustees placed a $40,000 bond issue on the ballot for a library building to be built in a park named for Katharine Wright, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s sister. The land was leased from the city for $1.00 per year for 99 years, renewable. Orville Wright offered $100 to underwrite the cost of the campaign to pass the bond issue. The Oakwood Garden Club suggested the name Wright Memorial Library in honor of the three Wrights, and the Board of Trustees approved. The building opened February 14, 1939.
Many people are curious about the Egyptian hieroglyphics above the front door. Peter Dorman of the Egyptian Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art advised in 1980 that "The inscription seems to make no sense in Egyptian or English transcription, although it is a fascinating bit of wood carving."
A new wing was added in 1964 to house an additional 8,000 volumes and air conditioning was installed. Staff facilities completed that project. In 1972, floor space was doubled to 13,800 square feet. The project enlarged the Children’s Department and areas of publicly accessible shelving, and added a meeting room, magazine storage area, book processing department, and staff lounge.
Overflowing book shelves, deterioration of the building itself, and increased demand for audiovisual materials led in 1983 to an addition of 9,850 more square feet and a complete remodeling. An Audiovisual Room, a new Children's Room, and a meeting room with a capacity of 75 were the major additions.
Library use continued to increase. In 1991, the audiovisual department converted to open shelving and Wright Library introduced the computerized catalog. Automation increased the speed and efficiency of repetitive tasks, including many behind-the-scenes library jobs, freeing more staff time for individualized service to patrons.
In 1997, the Library introduced OPLIN – the Ohio Public Library Information Network – which provides Internet resources for public libraries throughout the state. Also new in 1997 was the Electronic Notification System, which electronically calls to notify patrons when they have items on hold or overdue. The Library’s web site was launched in 1999. In 2002, Wright Library became the first library in the area to offer a virtual reference service. EBooks were added in 2003. The Library joined the Ohio eBooks project in 2005 and began offering downloadable audio books. Wireless Internet access and e-mailed Library notices via the LibraryElf web site were provided for patrons in 2007. Today Wright Library continues its tradition of friendly, personal service while providing convenient technological advances for library users.
Minutes are posted after being approved at the following month’s Board meeting.
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Information Services (for policy details, please see the Library's Public Policy Manual )
We answer questions. Please ask us by visiting, calling (937) 294-7171, or using a contact form .
If physical limitations keep you from visiting the library, you may have have someone else pick up materials for you . If you are an Oakwood resident, you can participate in the Library’s Telefriend program .
If an item you want is not available from the Library, you can reserve items  that the Library owns, make purchase suggestions  for those we do not, or request that they be borrowed from another library (interlibrary loan ).
Stay up to date with Library events or get reading suggestions from the Library’s Newsletters .
The Library offers programs for all ages. Check to Events Calendar  to see what is coming up.
The Library Book Club  meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.
Facilities and Technology
Meeting Rooms  - The Library has a Meeting Room and a Conference Room that can be reserved for group meetings.
Fax and Scanning Services  from the Library provide patrons the ability to send outgoing faxes at the rate of $1.00 per page and to scan documents onto their personal storage device (no charge).
Wireless printing is available. Email the document you wish to print
Computers and Internet access, including wireless access via WiFi, are available in the Library. The computers, which include laptops that can be checked out and used in the library, have Microsoft Office and other applications installed. A signed Laptop Loan Agreement is required to check out a laptop.
Wireless printing is available by attaching the document you wish to print to an email and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org  (for black only) or email@example.com  (for color print outs). Print outs are released from the printer using your email address.
Kindle ereaders  are available to check out from the Library. These devices are preloaded with ebooks and patrons can request titles to be added. A signed eReader Loan Agreement is required to check out a Kindle.
The Device Users’ Group  meets at 1:30 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month as an informal way for people to learn more about using their mobile devices.
Exam proctoring  is offered by the Library.
Library items currently checked out can be held for you once they are returned. To do so, visit or call (294-7171) the Reference Department for books and the Audiovisual Department for audiobooks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and music CDs. You can also place request through the online catalog . The number of items you can have on hold at one time is limited to 50.
To request an item in the catalog, find the item you wish to request. Click on the Place Request button. You will then be prompted to enter your library card number (or user name) and your PIN/password, which is the last four digits of your telephone number if you haven't created a different one. Place the request by clicking the Submit Request button.
Fill out the online interlibrary loan form 
Interlibrary loan is a method of obtaining materials that are not owned by Wright Memorial Public Library. If the item you want is a newer item (published or release within the last year), you can suggest the library purchase the item .
Anyone who has an active Wright Library card can use this service.
There are several ways to request items that Wright Library does not own. You can visit or call (294-7171) the Reference or Audiovisual Information desks or you can use our ILL Request Form  to email us your request.
You can request books, photocopies from journals or newspapers and/or audiovisual items.
You can have up to ten active interlibrary loan requests at a time.
There is a fee of 50 cents for each interlibrary loan request. If you do not pick up your interlibrary loan item you will still need to pay the fee. In rare cases, there also may be a charge from the lending library. If this happens, the library staff will contact you before placing the request.
Materials usually arrive in two to three weeks. It could be longer or shorter, depending on the lending library’s location and workflow.
Pick up your items at Wright Library's checkout desk.
All books, music cds and books on tape are checked out for twenty one days. Videos, DVDs and CD- ROMs are checked out for one week.
If materials are returned late, you will be responsible for the overdue fines charged to your account. You are also responsible for any lost or damaged items checked out on your card. The lending library will bill Wright Library for the cost of the item and the charge will be put on your account.
The Library welcomes patron suggestions for materials to be purchased for the collection. To suggest an item to be purchased use the online form , call (937) 294-7171, or stop by one of our service desks when you are at the Library.
If the item you wish to obtain was published or released over a year ago, please use our Interlibrary Loan form .
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January 13, 2015 -- Half Broke Horses  by Jeannette Walls Author of The Glass Castle, Walls turns to fiction to tell the story of her extraordinary grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Lily spent her early years living in a dirt dugout and learning to break horses. By age 15, she traveled 500 miles alone on horseback to teach in a frontier town. Lily was plain spoken but fiercely outspoken against hypocrisy and prejudice. Assailed by floods, tornados and drought, she met each challenge and found time to marry, run a large ranch, birth two children, learn to drive a car and fly a plane.
The Library has a Meeting Room and a Conference Room that can be reserved by groups and organizations for gatherings of a civic, cultural, or educational nature, when not in use for library-related events. Visit the Circulation Desk or call (937) 294-7171 to schedule either of the rooms. A signed Meeting Room Reservation Agreement  is required to reserve the room in advance. You may print and fill out the form to return to the library in person or by email . Please read and be familiar with the Library's Meeting Room Policy  before your event.
Wright Library has computers available for public use on which patrons can access the Internet. Document creation software is installed on the computers, allowing user to perform word processing, spread sheets, and power points.
A self service sign-up system manages user sessions. You will need your library card number to sign up. Please read the Internet Access Policy  below for further information.
The Library offers free, wireless Internet access through out the building. Connect to the WMPL WiFi network. A library card or password are not required. Please read the Wireless Internet Access Policy  for further information.
Contact the Foundation 
The Foundation Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. with some exceptions. Meetings are open to the public.
It's easy to contribute!
All gifts to the Foundation support Wright Library and all donations are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Gifts of any amount are appreciated. Your gift will ensure quality services and materials today and for future generations.
Donate by check
Click here  for donation form. Please make your check payable to "Wright Library Foundation" and mail to:
Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation
1776 Far Hills Avenue
Oakwood, OH 45419
Donate by credit card
Donate online at The Dayton Foundation . If the 'Apply My Gift to' field is not pre-filled, use the fund number #2540 for the Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation.
You can also donate through The Dayton Foundation using your Charitable Checking Account. Log in here .
For other gift options click here .
About the Foundation
The Foundation Board consists of five and nine Trustees who serve three-year terms. Interested applicants are welcome to contact the Board President  for an application.
Foundation Board meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Library Meeting Room and are open to the public.
Foundation Bylaws 
Community Support Is Important and Easy
The Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation  announces the kick-off of its 2015 annual fund drive. Donations to the Library Foundation support the mission of the Wright Memorial Public Library and enhance library services, events, and resources.
Local artist, Amy Deal created the mailers for this year’s campaign, which celebrates Wright Library’s rich history and bright future.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Foundation’s 2015 annual fund drive can do so at the library, by mail (print a donation form ), or online through the Dayton Foundation .
Members of the Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation Board are Ann Marquis, President, Penni Morris, Vice President, Rebecca Roess, Treasurer, Debbie Gorman, Secretary, Amy Deal, Susan Elliot, Healy Jackson, and Gregory Toussaint. Additional information on the Foundation, including other ways to donate, is available here .
Contributions in any amount may be made by cash, check, or credit card, or consider:
Your unrestricted gift can be applied to the areas of greatest need.
Talk to your attorney, financial advisor or accountant about ways that you can make a gift that will truly make a difference.
Your gift is important and appreciated!
A recount of votes show the Wright Library levy failing by 24 votes. This setback does not diminish the need for facilities upgrades, and the Library's trustees are in the process of discussing next steps. We will continue this conversation about our future with you. To become part of that conversation, please sign up here .
We will continue to serve the community with education, technology, and community space to the best of our ability.
We thank the Oakwood residents and Library champions for their generous support and feedback over the past several months. We thank our Board of Trustees for their passionate commitment to creating a Library that will serve Oakwood residents for generations to come. We also thank the Citizens for Wright Library for their tireless efforts in support of the Library’s future.
Director, Wright Memorial Public Library
Wright Library has placed a 1.8 mill capital improvement bond levy on the March 15, 2016 ballot.
Wright Library is well loved and well used, and the building is in need of renovation and preservation. The last update to the facility was an addition completed in 1983, and the last bond levy was on the ballot in 1937, nearly 80 years ago. Deficiencies in the current building limit Wright Library from providing for the current needs of our community.
It Started with You.
Discussion for this project originated in community feedback, specifically community sessions and focus groups held since 2011. The Board's decision to move forward with the plan was solidified with the 2014 Community Survey, which garnered responses from over 250 Oakwood residents. Several patrons noted deficiencies in the current building and shared ideas for improvement. It became apparent Wright Library is “overdue” for an update.
"Overdue" for an Update
Wright Library is in need of repair and updates. The most pressing issues with the current facility are:
In response to the community's needs, the Board passed a Facilities Project Resolution (PDF)  noting project goals and plans on Oct. 19, 2015, requesting a bond levy on the March 15, 2016 ballot. The vision for Wright Library includes preservation of the historic features and new construction harmonizing with the original design, with technology updates and expanded youth and meeting and study spaces.
Read more about the Master Facility Plan here .
The tax increase is 1.8 mills, or 17 cents a day per $100,000 of assessed property value, for a duration of 34 years as determined by the Ohio Revised Code.
Wright Memorial Public Library has placed a 1.8 mill bond levy on the March 15, 2016 ballot for a renovation and construction project.
Q: Why did Wright Library decide to request a bond levy?
A: Wright Library is well loved and well used (circulations per capita are nearly four times the national average), but the building is in need of renovation and preservation. The last update to the facility was an addition completed in 1983, and the last bond levy was on the ballot in 1937, nearly 80 years ago. In a 2014 community survey, patrons noted deficiencies in the current building and shared ideas for improvement. Through further research in patron focus groups and community sessions, it became apparent Wright Library is “overdue” for an update.
Q: Will the Library’s National Register of Historic Places designation be preserved?
A: Yes, the project will preserve the historic front reading rooms, foyer, and entry to the building, and the new construction will be architecturally consistent with the Library’s exterior.
Q: What are the deficiencies in the current building?
A: There are many deficiencies that must be addressed. First, there are extensive drainage, moisture and temperature problems in the basement. Areas of the Library are disjointed, with additions from 1964, 1972 and 1983 limiting efficient use of space. There are areas of the basement that cannot be used as public space due to low ceilings. The basement cannot be updated to meet today's technology demands.
Q: Will the Library be expanded?
A: The project will add 4,300 square feet of new space to allow for larger and more programming, meeting, study and reading spaces. The addition will be technologically current with flexible, multi-use spaces, and large windows to let in natural light and views of Katharine Wright Park. The east (back) entrance will also be opened.
Q: When will construction occur?
A: Design and planning will take place in 2016 with construction starting in 2017 and reopening in 2018.
Q: Will the Library be open during construction?
A: Consolidated collections and services will be available to the public at an alternate location in Oakwood.
Q: How will the levy impact my property taxes?
A: A: It will cost $5.25 per month per $100,000 in property value ($63 annually). For the average assessed home value in Oakwood, $231,270, the cost will be $12.14 per month ($145.70 annually).
Check your property value at www.mcohio.org .
Questions? please contact Director Kristi Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org 
The vision for Wright Library, as stated in the Resolution (PDF)  includes:
Estimated footprint before & after on Katharine Wright Park
Facility Plan Budget Breakdown: