Visit the Archives

The Archives/Library of the Ohio History Connection collects, preserves, and makes available to the public written and graphic information concerning Ohio's history. As the State Archives of Ohio, it is the designated repository for state government records of enduring historical value.

Please fill in the form below and click "Submit Request" to send a question to the Ohio History Connection’s Collections Archives/Library. Please consider these guidelines when placing a request.

Reference Contact Form

First Name
Last Name
Address 1
Address 2
Zip Code
Daytime Phone
More information about your request:
Type of Record
Ohio County or City Name
Approx Year (1-10 year span)
Individual or Family Name
Additional information:


The Archives/Library will be on closed Christmas Eve (Wed., Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Thurs., Dec. 25) and New Years Day (Thurs., Jan. 1).

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday through Saturday: 10-5

Closed on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Phone Reference: Speak to a Reference Archivist by phone Monday & Tuesday, 9am to noon and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Call (614) 297-2510.


Ohio History Center

800 E. 17th Ave. 

Columbus OH 43211


Email: reference@ohiohistory.org 

Phone: (614) 297-2510

When You Visit

Most of the items in our collection are kept in a storage area onsite, but not accessible to the public. We page items from the storage area and make them available to be viewed in the Research Room. Our staff stops retrieving items from the storage area 45 minutes before closing. 

When visiting, please register at the Ohio History Store front desk as you enter the Ohio Historical Center before proceeding to the Research Room on the third floor. As always, there is no admission charge for visiting the Archives/Library. However, please indicate that you only will be visiting the Archives/Library in order to avoid being charged the price of admission to the museum.

Membership to the Ohio History Connection helps fund all services provided by our organization, but there is no obligation to be a member when visiting the Archives/Library. If you are interested in membership, please click here for information about becoming a member of the Ohio History Connection.

Before receiving a library card, visitors will be asked to review and consent to the Archives/Library Use Rules. 

Use Policies

Before receiving a library card and viewing materials, visitors will be asked to review and consent to the Archives/Library Use Policies.  

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