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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:

Collection Description

The State Library of Ohio, established in 1817, ensures that all Ohio residents, rich or poor, rural or urban, receive the best possible library service and are able to engage in lifelong learning. Amongst many duties, the State Library of Ohio collects and distributes state government publications, including born-digital publications and state agency web sites.

Search the Rare Book Collection, of 7,906 items, by keyword, author, title and subject. Other pages to look are: Sources for Genealogists, Sources for Digital Content, Ohio Newspapers, Sources for Electronic Books, Articles, and Educational Materials, and Sources for Government Documents.


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
  • Guide to Using the WorldCat 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]

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  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).
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