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.
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 and "Fast Read" books are loaned for one week. "Fast View" DVDs, Blu-ray movies, and “Doorway to Dayton” museum passes are loaned for three days. You may request a longer vacation loan on most books. Teachers may also request longer loan periods on items for classroom use .
Materials are renewable six times unless there is a "hold" on the item. Vacation loans and Teacher Collections  are renewable twice for an additional three weeks each time. "Fast Read" books, "Fast View" DVDs, Blu-ray movies, and “Doorway to Dayton” museum passes are not renewable. Once an item has been renewed the maximum number of times, it must be returned to the library to give others the opportunity to borrow it.
Renew in person, by phone, or through the Online Catalog . Over the phone we will need the last six digits from your library card barcode and the name of the title you wish to renew. Online you will need the same six digits, plus the last four digits of your telephone number to log into your account .
There are fines of 10¢ a day per item for all overdue materials except "Fast Read" books, "Fast View" DVDs, Blu-ray movies, console video games and “Doorway to Dayton” museum passes, which are $1.00 a day per item.
If you owe $5.00 or more, you may not check out more items until your account balance is below $5.00.
If you lose an item, you will be charged the retail cost of the lost item, plus a $5 processing fee. The replacement cost will be waived if you provide the library with a new, identical item to replace the lost one. A $5 fee is still charged to cover the cost of processing the replacement item. If you have paid for a lost item and the item is found and returned within twelve months of the date you paid, you can get a refund, minus the $5 processing fee and an overdue fine. A refund check will be issued the next time checks are run.
Accounts not settled within 60 days may be turned over to a collection agency. A $10 collection agency fee is added to these accounts.
Replacing a lost library card costs $1.00.
There is a fee of 50¢ for each interlibrary loan request processed.
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, our phone notification system will call you as soon as the item is available. The item will be held at the Check Out desk for seven days. If you would like to receive email notices, please sign inform the circulation staff at the Check Out desk..
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 DVDs 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.
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.
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.
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Minutes are posted after being approved at the following month’s Board meeting.
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.
Wright Memorial Public Library has a distinctive role in the community as an institution that fuels the intellect and imagination of people of all ages. Wright Library recognizes that libraries are no longer just physical places containing inventories of books, but have become channels through which knowledge flows to patrons from many sources. The Library strives to serve all patrons, whether on-site or virtual, by providing the resources they seek promptly, completely, accurately, and in a comfortable environment. The Library partners with other organizations to project its reach in the community and strives to expand physical and virtual access to its resources. Wright Library seeks to play an active role in preparing preschoolers to learn, helping students succeed in school, and supporting lifelong learners by providing a broad range of viewpoints, formats, and programs. Wright Memorial Public Library actively works to connect patrons with resources that will enrich their lives.
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 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 ).
Teachers can request collections  for their classroom. A teacher card is available for this process.
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 On-the-Road at Starbucks Book Club  meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first 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.
The Device Users’ Group  meets 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 .
Come join us!
September 9, 2014 - Transatlantic  by Colum McCann. Spanning more than 150 years of American and Irish history, Transatlantic tells how dreams, ambitions, and loss can be handed down generation to generation, as seen through one family of remarkable women. The story begins when Lily Duggan, a penniless Irish maid, hears the words of Frederick Douglass and decides to travel to America. Lily's family story plays out against a backdrop of history, which includes the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by two British gentleman aviators. McCann won the National Book Award for his novel, Let the Great World Spin .
October 14, 2014 - The Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Them Home  by Connor Grennan. Grennan, 29-years-old, begins a trip around the world by volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home in war ravaged Nepal. He is won over by the spirit of the remarkable young orphans, who have survived slavery and abandonment. Then he discovers his “orphans” have parents, who paid unscrupulous child traffickers to keep their children safe from civil war. Conor vows to return the children to their parents, whatever it takes. This memoir was a 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist.
November 11, 2014 -The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. This story of the lost generation tells of a frustrated love between Jake Barnes, impotent due to a war wound, and the promiscuous divorcee, Lady Brett Ashley. Travelling from Paris café society to Pamplona, Spain during the running of the bulls, Lady Ashley picks up lovers as the story adds complications. The reader is introduced in turn to her rejected Jewish lover, the abandoned Scottish fiancé, and the young matador in danger of ruining his career. Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises is considered an iconic modernist novel.
December 9, 2014 – The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver’s beloved debut novel, The Bean Trees, tells the story of Taylor Greer, a young Kentuckian who has worked hard to flee her rural home without becoming pregnant. Driving westward in a dilapidated VW, she makes it to the middle of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma before her car breaks down. No sooner does she stop, than a woman leaves a tiny American Indian girl in her care. Taylor names her small charge “Turtle” and begins to build a new life with her child, facing a blue-collar world that alternates between desperation and compassion.
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. 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.
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 insure quality services and materials today and for future generations.
The Foundation Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. with some exceptions. Meetings are open to the public.
By check (Click here  for donation form.)
Make your check payable to "Wright Library Foundation" and mail to:
Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation
1776 Far Hills Avenue
Oakwood, OH 45419
The Dayton Foundation
Gifts may be made by credit card  through the Wright Library Foundation's account with The Dayton Foundation. IMPORTANT: Enter Wright Library Foundation in the Apply My Gift to box to ensure that your gift goes to the Wright Library Foundation.
For other gift options click here .
About the Foundation
The Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation was created in 1997. The Foundation was formed to operate exclusively for the purpose of advancing the goals, objectives, and priorities of the Wright Memorial Public Library, as established by the Board of Trustees of the Library. The Foundation raises funds for Wright Library, holding, investing, and expending those funds for the exclusive benefit of the Library.
The Foundation Board consists of between 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. on 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 2014 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 materials for this year’s campaign. “We are very excited about the original artwork that Amy developed for us. It is fresh and unique, and we think the community will love it,” said Penni Morris, Foundation Board Member.
New to the campaign this year are donor gifts , including a door logo decal with every donation received. Some of the gift incentives feature the original artwork created by Amy Deal for this campaign.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Foundation’s 2014 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 Gregory Toussaint, President, Rebecca Roess, Ann Marquis, Debbie Gorman, and Penni Morris. 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!