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Demolition of the Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library is underway. Framing from the vaulted ceiling now appears like a skeleton poking out of the roof. 

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The Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library is one of 16 facilities that have been or will be renovated, rebuilt or replaced as part of the Dayton Metro Library’s Libraries for a Smarter Future Facilities Plan

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“It’s all coming down because its more cost-effective to start over,” said Jayne Klose, Dayton Metro Library Community Engagement Manager. “Construction will begin in March, weather permitting.” 

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The new branch will have 51% more floor space at 20,575 square feet. 

Some renovation highlights include: 

  • Improved access and egress on Wilmington-Pike
  • Larger meeting room accessible to the community outside of library operating hours
  • Dedicated teen space
  • Larger children’s area
  • Enclosed quiet reading room with a fireplace
  • More computers
  • Outdoor reading terrace
  • Four group study rooms

The new Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library is expected to open in 2019.


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