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Archives & Library at the Ohio History Center

General Information

The Archives & Library is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for visiting the Archives & Library. We page materials from our stacks 10:00 a.m - 4:15 p.m. No paging service is available Saturdays noon - 1 p.m.

First Visit

We ask that all patrons register for a library card at the Welcome Desk at the entrance of the Ohio History Connection. Our catalog is available online (ohiohistory.org/catalog) should you wish to explore our holdings before your visit.

We have a closed stacks system. You will need to fill out a call slip for the collection(s) you wish to view. Our staff will page the items from our stacks, and deliver them to you for your review. For manuscript collections and State Archives, we ask that you examine one box at a time, maintaining file order.

Our local government records microfilm and newspapers on microfilm are available in our self-service microfilm room. We have microfilm/reader printers that make photocopies. The cost is 25 cents per page or can be saved to a flash drive. 

You are welcome to bring a laptop or other device to assist with research. All bags must be stored in a locker. We have lockers available on the third floor in the lobby area outside the entrance to the library. The lockers require a quarter to release the key that locks them. We have electrical outlets in the bases of the lamps at each library table. We also have WiFi in our library. No handheld or personal scanners are allowed.

We do allow digital cameras for personal research purposes. You will be asked to read and sign a Digital Camera Policy form so that you understand our procedures. Our staff completes all other photocopying needs. We have an electronic overhead scanner that will scan to pdf if you bring a flash drive. We charge 25 cents per page copied or scanned. We ask that you use pencils, no pens. We do provide pencils for our visitors.


Library Guidelines

Notebooks, computers, and pencils are permitted in the library. No food or drink is allowed in the library. No bags are permitted in the library. Lockers are provided for the safety of personal items. Digital cameras may be used for personal research purposes. Our staff completes all other photocopying needs. Extreme care is necessary for handling our unique materials. Defacing any collection in any way is not permitted.


Donations

The Archives & Library benefits from the generosity of our donors to strengthen the printed materials collection. We acquire materials with a strong relationship to Ohio's history that will be useful to our researchers. Selection is guided by our Printed Materials Policy. Consideration is given to materials that are bound, indexed and sensibly arranged. Donors will be asked to provide the title, author, publication date and condition when offering any items.

Due to space constraints and limited resources, the Archives & Library is unable to accept all materials offered. We do not accept the following:

  • Photocopies of original materials,

  • Yearbooks,

  • Single issues of newspapers (unless historically significant to Ohio),

  • Materials that are dirty or in extreme disrepair,

  • Electronic publications.

To make a financial contribution to support the collection, click here.