Adult Reference

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A wide range of fiction, nonfiction and reference materials, covering varying points of view, is available for loan or use in the library.

Newspapers and Magazines
Popular magazines are available at all locations. Over 400 titles are available at the Main Library. Approximately 20 newspapers are available at the Main Library.

Information and assistance is available in person or by telephone at all library locations. The Main Library houses a wide range of reference materials, and may also be contacted by fax at (419) 525-4750. Information is also available at the Reference Desk (for example, Senior Services information.)

Consumer Information

Library books and magazines carry product reviews, health information, used car prices and many other resources for smart shopping.

Reader's Advisory
Library staff is trained to help customers find just the right book for leisure reading.

Computer Lab
Microsoft Office Products, the Internet and a selection of educational software for children and adults are available in the lab. Assistance is offered during library hours and individual training is scheduled by appointment. Computer related workshops are presented on an ongoing basis.

Search Ohio and OhioLINK
Materials not owned by this library system can be obtained through a statewide network of 18+ libraries and 17 public universities, 23 community/technical colleges, 44 private colleges and the State Library of Ohio. This service takes place through Search Ohio, a consortium of public libraries throughout the state or OhioLINK, a consortium of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. The service is free, and items are usually delivered to the library location of your choice within a few days.

Electronic Resources

The Main Library purchases subscriptions to online reference databases on a wide variety of topics.

College and Career Information
Ohio and national college catalogs, guides to colleges, career information aids and career guidance materials are available at the Main Library.

John Sherman Room
The Main Library houses local and Ohio history collections and genealogical sources in the John Sherman Room. High school yearbooks, nineteenth century city directories, cemetery and military service records are also available.

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