As the Main Library prepares to shift to temporary quarters in its new Operations Center, and branch libraries undergo major renovation during the Libraries for a Smarter Future project, the Dayton Metro Library Foundation is auctioning pieces of the Library’s past to enhance its future. Furniture, file cabinets, card catalogs, tables, chairs and many other items are up for bid. All proceeds benefit the Dayton Metro Library Foundation, which in turn supports the Dayton Metro Library.
Bidding begins on Wednesday, July 8. All items are on display on the first floor of the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street in Dayton. Items up for auction include:
· Oak library tables and chairs
· Wooden file cabinets
· Wooden card catalogs
· Jadeite saucers and plates
· Lounge chairs
· Coffee tables
Bids must be made in person (bids on a limited number of Featured Collectibles will be accepted online until the morning the auction closes). Bidding on General Interest Items closes at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. Bidding on Featured Collectibles closes at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Payment must be cash or check only.
“Most items are early 1960s mid-century modern, but some pieces were from the original Library and appear to be early 20th century,” said Jayne Klose, Manager of Community Engagement. “Items that are especially unique or collectible are auctioned separately.” Manufacturers and designers represented include Gunlocke, Herman Miller, Jens Risom and Knoll.
Go to www.daytonmetrolibrary.org/foundation/auction for a listing of all items and an FAQ with auction details. For more information, call (937) 463-BOOK.