Excerpt from Catalogue of the Dayton Public Library: Authors, Subjects, and Titles
The library was sustained by membership fees, fifty dollars constituting a membership in perpetuity, thirty dollars a life membership, and three dollars an annual membership.
It was opened in a second story room near the north-east corner of Main and Third streets, where it remained until it was removed to the new Phillips building, on the south-east corner of Main and Second streets. Mr. J. D. Phillips, who was a warm friend and liberal supporter of the library, had preposed to construct a room on the second ﬂoor of his building especially adapted to the use of the library, and lease it to the association on very favorable terms. The proposition was accepted, and a room forty by sixty feet, with lofty ceiling, supported through the center by handsome Corinthian columns, was prepared. This room was elegantly furnished, by special subscription, at a cost of over two thousand dollars. It is safe to say that at that day there was no library-room in Ohio, outside of Cincinnati, that would compare with it in beauty and convenience. A reading room, supplied with the leading newspapers and magazines, was connected with the library, and the library was a favorite resort for our citizens, and the first place to which a stranger visiting the city was taken.
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