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Premium Research Databases

This site offers a collection of databases provided by the Ohio Web Library to all Ohio residents.  Click here for a list of databases available through the Ohio Web Library.

LearningExpress Library

Learning Express Library     Each Learning Center in the LearningExpress Library offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information needed to achieve great results at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? An entire Learning Center is dedicated to helping patrons get the ones that are right for them. 



 HeritageQuest Online



This is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

The collection consists of six core data sets:

U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names.

Genealogy and Local History Books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from our own renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership. 

Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.

Revolutionary War Records contain original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.

Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offer valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.

LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.