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Archives & Library at the Ohio History Center

Note Regarding 1954-1970 Death Certificate Orders

Note Regarding 1954-1970 Death Certificate Orders

As we work to restore service in response to a network issue, we are temporarily suspending new orders of 1954-1970 death certificates. Orders for death certificates in that range will resume January 2, 2024.  If you have an existing order in the queue, we are working our way through the queue in order received and it may be some time before yours is filled.  If you have questions, please email with your order number, date and name.

Contact the Archives & Library

Archives & Library 
Ohio History Connection 
800 East 17th Avenue 
Columbus, OH 43211 

Phone: 614.297.2510 
FAX: 614.297.2546 

Research. Learn. Explore.

The Archives & Library is here to connect you with Ohio's stories! 

Come explore the thousands of resources readily available in our 3rd Floor Reading Room; including our city and county history sections, or peruse our numerous microfilm collections of newspapers, government documents and more!

General Information

Have a detailed question, new to using our space or want to connect with one of our talented archivist librarians? Schedule a personalized research appointment today:

Interested in a more self-directed visit, using just our Reading Room or Microfilm collections?

Check our website for updates and information: or email us at

Library Hours

Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 3 pm

Thursdays  10 am - 3 pm

Fridays 10 am - 3 pm

FYI, our main elevator is currently undergoing repairs. The Archives & Library is located on the 3rd floor and there are stairwells that will be accessible.

The Archives & Library will be closed Wednesday, December 20 - Friday, December 22, 2023, and Wednesday, December 27 - Friday, December 29, 2023, providing staff time to focus on data entry and collections maintenance projects.

Discover books, newspapers, periodicals, company catalogs, pamphlets, maps, atlases and more!

Making a Research Appointment

The Archives & Library Reading Room and Microfilm Room are available to all researchers Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 3 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am – 3 pm. Consider making an appointment ( for a personalized research experience!

To make a reservation, click "Make A Reservation", select "Next Available", select a date of interest, answer questions about your visit, and submit. Available reservations are indicated by green squares. White or red squares indicate that the time slot and/or table are not available.

Please note: the next available is two weeks from the day you are reviewing appointments, please plan accordingly.

After submitting a reservation request please check your email inbox and possibly clutter/spam folder for a confirmation email. If you request a reference interview, please allow up to five business days for us to reply. We consider each request carefully and respond as quickly as possible.

If you are having difficulties making a reservation, please send an email to or call 614.297.2510.

We look forward to being of service and enabling everyone to access Ohio's history.

Preparing For Your Visit

We ask that researchers be registered for a free Archives & Library card. If you do not have a library card - separate from an Ohio History Connection membership card - please download, print and complete the forms below. Our Front Desk team at the Ohio History Center can register and print library cards. 

If you have made a personalized research appointment, collection materials will be paged before your reservation, so please be sure to request all material before your visit.

Wi-Fi via mobile hotspot is available, and there are electrical outlets at each library table for your use. No handheld or personal scanners are permitted.

You are welcome to bring a laptop or other device into the library, as well as notebooks, paper and pencils. Bags and purses must be stored in lockers, available in the third-floor lobby area outside the library entrance. (Lockers require a refundable quarter to release the key.) 

We do allow digital cameras for personal research purposes. Before using one, you will be asked to read and sign a Digital Camera Policy form to indicate that you understand our policies. We also have three personal overhead digital scanners available (i.e. Hovercams) available for reserve. Flash photography or motion photography and video recordings of our collections are not permitted.

Local government records microfilm and newspapers on microfilm are available in our self-service microfilm room. You may print images from our microfilm reader/printers for 25 cents per page or save them to a flash drive. 

Please note, requests for scans or photocopies by staff exceeding ten pages will not be completed on the same day. Due to limited on-site staff, please allow two to four weeks to receive requested copies, maximum of twenty-five pages, which will be sent to you electronically. The cost is 25 cents per page scanned. For large copy orders, exceeding 25 pages, please visit our Photocopy Requests page for more information.

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. Flash photography, motion photography and video recordings of our collections are not permitted. Our staff completes all other photocopying needs.

Extreme care is necessary for handling our unique materials and staff may provide further care instructions during your visit.. Defacing or damaging any collection in any way is not permitted.