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State Library of Ohio


Contact Information



274 East First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201


General Information: 614-644-7061
Circulation Services: 614-644-6950
Research Services: 614-644-7051

Fax:[2] Research Services: 614-644-7004

Hours and holidays:[2]

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Closed for State Holidays: New Year's day, Martin Luther King day, President's day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Columbus day, Veterans' day, Thanksgiving day, and Christmas day.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[3]  The State Library of Ohio is located in the historic Jeffrey Manufacturing Building within Italian Village, the Short North Arts District, and just north of downtown Columbus.

Internet sites and databases:

  • State Library of Ohio Home page. The website offers Contact Us, What's New, Find a Library, Catalog, Search Digital & Special Collections, Government Documents, The Ohio eBook Project, Sources for Genealogists - links to the digital collections for genealogists.
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    State Library of Ohio Catalog by keyword, author, title, and subject. Also available on WorldCat.

Collection Description

The State Library of Ohio's genealogy collection was moved to the Columbus Metropolitan Library. However, the library is under construction until August 2016 and the genealogy collection is temporarily housed at the Whitehall Branch in Columbus.

State Library of Ohio still has the State of Ohio Government Documents Collection which may have genealogical content.

  • Petta Khouw, and Ohio State Library, County by County in Ohio Genealogy (Columbus, Ohio: The State Library, 1978). Digital version. At various repositories (WorldCat; FHL Fiche 6046719; Book 977.1 D23o They also have a good list of nationwide genealogical Internet database links, digitized material from around Ohio, government documents, censuses, wills, military records, county and local histories, church and cemetery records.

Their website includes:

  • Sources for Genealogists
  • Sources for Digital Content
  • Ohio Newspapers
  • Sources for Government Documents.

You may also search the Rare Book Collection of 8,000 items by keyword, author, title, or subject.


The State Library of Ohio and OhioLINK search boxes utilize a special system to help you find materials in our collections. If you can’t find what you are looking for, check out these Search Tips to improve your results.


For more help with searching, check out these Quick Start Guides:

  • OhioLINK Central. The State Library of Ohio is one of 88 OhioLINK Libraries. This is a group of mainly university libraries in Ohio who share electronic resources and physical materials. Anyone with a library card from the State Library of Ohio can request and check out these materials. State employees can have these materials delivered to their desk. These materials include books, videos, DVDs, ebooks, eaudiobooks, government documents, journals and microfilm. You can also find and access many of our electronic journals through OhioLINK.
  • Guide to Using the State Library of Ohio Catalog
  • Pathfinder (Subject Guides): Genealogy. A pathfinder is an expert guide for finding information on a subject on the web and within a library. It provides enough basic resources to get started, strategize for future searching, and saves time. The guide typically includes suggested search terms, book titles with call numbers, and websites. Pathfinders are not comprehensive bibliographies.[4]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the State Library of Ohio, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5] Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
  • National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[8]
  • Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, serves as the state archives. Excellent collection of manuscripts for government, land, and military records. Also has biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[9] [10]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections


  1. Further Assistance at The State Library of Ohio] (accessed 8 October 2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Contact Us] at State Library of Ohio] (accessed 8 October 2012).
  3. Directions to the State Library at State Library of Ohio] (accessed 8 October 2012).
  4. Pathfinders at State Library of Ohio] (accessed 8 October).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Ohio Network of American History Research Centers in Ohio History Connection (accessed 28 February 2014).
  11. Home in Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (accessed 5 March 2015).
  12. Archives in Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc. (accessed 5 March 2015).
  13. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).


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