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The Ohio Web Library

Provides research resources & how-to information such as magazine articles, genealogy, guides, reference and encyclopedias. The OWL also includes homework resources for kids.

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Ohio Digital Library

The Ohio Digital Library

Provides eBooks, digital audiobooks, digital magazines & video to Ohio citizens

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Local newspapers from 1862-1986 have now been digitized and are searchable.  A microfilm reader and computer are also available in the Marvin Room. Search the digitized newspaper archive.


The Richland County – Shelby Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society maintains a reference library in the Marvin Room in the lower level of the library. The collection contains books of land records, births, deaths, census, cemetery, military service, Shelby high school yearbooks, city directories, and history of Richland County, as well as other Ohio counties.

The chapter’s website also chronicles people, businesses, and events in Shelby’s history.

The group meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month September through May in the meeting room, lower level, of Marvin Memorial Library. Visitors are welcome! & Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Access to, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and other magazines and journals of interest to genealogist is available through the Ohio Web Library


We provide searches for obituaries with an exact date of death. Obituaries can be scanned and emailed (preferred method as no postage is required), or mailed. $.10/copy +postage.

Shelby Bicycle History

Learn more about the history of Shelby’s bicycle industries by visiting Shelby Cycle History’s website.

More Than Books

Cake Pans

We offer a wide variety of character cake pans that can be checked out by an adult for one week. Here’s a current list of pans available.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? We can help!

The Marvin Memorial Library is part of the COOL network (Consortium of Ohio Library). Let us know what you’re looking for and we may be able to borrow it from another COOL library! Ask the front desk for help or contact us. 

We can also look into acquiring it for our collection. Contact us to make a recommendation.

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