Beginning April 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library are closed. The archives and book collection on 2nd floor are in the process of being moved to Central Library where they will be available via the Special Collections Reading Room on 1st floor starting May 1.

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We can only search one house or property at a time. General building history requests will be restricted to legal description, homeownership, permits if available, and a quick search for photographs or plans.

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During the Central Library renovation, we are making most materials available in a small research space on the first floor of the Central Library. You can learn more in our blog: Western History and Genealogy Opens New Service Point at DPL's Central Library.

We have increased our offerings of free scans to 50 pages, but due to reduced staffing, we need to limit research requests to a maximum of one hour.

Requests are limited to 3 submissions per month and we cannot provide rush service. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

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We can accommodate requests for up to 2 obituaries or funeral notices per customer. We receive a large volume of requests, and answer each on a first come, first serve basis. Please allow 2-4 weeks for us to process your request.