To reserve an item or ask a reference question call the Reference Dept. at (937) 328-6903 or send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Education Portal 
Education Postal is an informative guide to undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, career education and online degree programs for students and working professionals. This site contains thousands of articles and videos on subjects such as job interviewing, networking, resumes, careers, colleges, and much more.
Gale Courses 
What is it? The LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™ provides personalized, step-by-step job search assistance for all levels of job seekers. Job seekers can explore suitable occupations from over 1,000 detailed occupation profiles and find available jobs in their area from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings.
Why use it? With Job & Career Accelerator, users can easily create professional targeted resumes, master interviewing techniques, improve work related skills and prepare for occupation-related exams. In addition, it helps job seekers plan, tailor, and track multiple job searches at the same time while providing expert advice and tips each step of the way.
Many of these community organizations are looking for volunteers. Contact them directly by clicking on the links below to see if they have a need.
Arts and Recreation
The Service Directory contains a wealth of local agencies, services and resources. It's the most accurate, up-to-date and complete online database of local resources and information.
Resources for the Service Directory are maintained by 211 Ohio. 211 Ohio helps people by connecting them efficiently to the service directory system and providing vital trend information for community planning. Visit the link below to connect to the Service Directory .
MasterFILE™ Premier  (Magazine Search)
MasterFILE Premier provides full-text for almost 2,000 general reference publications and magazines, as well as thousands of biographies, photos, maps, and flags. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest dating back to 1975.
Nearly 200 full text dictionaries and reference works published by Oxford University Press. Coverage includes Languages, Science and Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Business.
World Book Encyclopedia has been a trusted source of information for many years. Search for articles, photos, and much more in this online version of the World Book Encyclopedia.
Research Request Guidelines
Requests should be short and specific. Only indexed resources within the Library’s collection will be checked. Procedural and short-answer questions can be e-mailed to email@example.com . Any request for copies must be mailed along with payment by check or money order payable to Clark County Public Library (P.O. Box 1080, 201 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, OH 45506). The cost is $2.50 for each item requested. The Library will cover the cost of return postage and envelopes.
Patrons can make use of our Searchable Local History Indexes by placing a search request. The Library will locate the desired entries and mail photocopies. Click on the link below to view and print the appropriate request form.
In the Library 
HeritageQuest® Online  is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.
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 1940, 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 contains 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, offers 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.
The Clark County Public Library historically maintained card indexes to local history resources. These indexes, the Newspaper Index and the Clark County Biography & History Index, are now available to be searched online. Use the indexes to locate references to local people, places, businesses, events and more. Then use our Research Request forms to order copies of the references.
Clark County, Ohio - Viewing the Past is a new database offering digital images of rare and fragile resources from the Library's collection.
These databases are works-in-progress, so be sure to revisit periodically to check for new entries.
The Clark County Public Library provides photocopies of obituaries and newspaper articles. The cost is $2.50 per name or article requested. Copies are sent by mail and the Library will cover the cost of return postage and envelopes.
The Newspaper index provides the headline, date and page number for articles that appeared in the Springfield News-Sun newspaper from the mid-1970's to February 29, 2008. Please note that the index covers articles pertaining to Springfield and Clark County news only (no statewide or national news). The Springfield News-Sun website also has a searchable archive  dating back to 2004. Newspapers can be viewed on microfilm at the Main Library on 201 S. Fountain Ave. In-house copies are 15 cents per page. To receive an article by mail, please send the headline, date, and page number (if available) and $2.50 per article to:
Clark County Public Library
201 S. Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45501-1080
The Clark County Public Library provides photocopies of obituaries and newspaper articles. The cost is $2.50 per name or article requested. Copies are sent by mail and the Library will cover the cost of return postage and envelopes.
An index to over 1,600,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Visit the link below to connect to the Ohio Obituary Index.
The state of Ohio began recording births and deaths in 1867. In Clark County, births and deaths between 1867 and August, 1908 were recorded in ledger books located at the Probate Court. The Library has copies of these ledgers on microfilm. The ledgers covering 1867 to 1887 includes an index that groups names by the first letter of the last name. In other words, you have to scan through all of the A's to locate George Andrews, then go to the page number indicated to see the entry. The ledgers covering 1887 to 1908 are not indexed. However, entries in each year are grouped by the first letter of the last name. So, if you know that George Andrews died between 1887 and 1908, but don't know the precise year, you have to scan each year's "A" entries.
The Library has listings of inscriptions for over 100 cemeteries in Clark County.
Inscriptions from the following cemeteries are available at the Library.
The Library has indexes to the Census for Ohio for the years 1820 through 1880. Census microfilm for Clark, Champaign, Greene, and Madison Counties is available for 1820 through 1930.
The Library collects published family histories for any family with a connection to Springfield or Clark County. To search for genealogy books related to a particular family, select the keyword search option in the Library's OPAC , then type in the surname and the word genealogy.
The I.G.I. on microfiche is a worldwide index of about 187 million deceased persons. Most of the names come from vital records from the early 1500's to 1875. Other names were submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for temple ordinance work. Information provided includes births, christenings, and marriages. *Please note that the following countries are no longer available in the microfiche edition: Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and U.S.S.R. & Baltic States. The updated version of the I.G.I. for these countries is available on compact disc at any Family History Center as part of the FamilySearch program. You may also search the I.G.I. online at www.familysearch.org .
The Library owns microfilm copies of naturalizations from the Common Pleas Court (1820-1854), the District Court (1852-1884), and the Probate Court (1820-1906). As with the vital records, each microfilmed book contains an index that groups entries by the first letter of the last name. The Library also has a print copy of An Index to Naturalization Records from Clark County, Ohio 1820-1906 and Greene County, Ohio 1831-1954, printed by Wright State University. The original naturalization records are housed in the University's Department of Archives and Special Collections.
The Library owns microfilm copies of property deeds from the Recorder's Office for the years 1818 through 1901. The deeds are indexed by grantor and by grantee. The Deed Index is a separate set of microfilm and covers the years 1818 through 1968. To view deeds dated later than 1901, you will still have to visit the Recorder's Office.
The Library also owns microfilm copies of mortgages from the Recorder's Office for the years 1835 through 1851. The mortgages are indexed by mortgagor and by mortgagee. As with the Deed Index, the Mortgage Index is a separate set of microfilm and covers the years 1818 through 1968. To view mortgages date later than 1851, you will still have to visit the Recorder's Office.
The Clark County Public Library has created a card file index of references to people, places, things, and events in Clark County history from over 100 titles in our local history collection. Materials indexed include local histories, biographies, institutional and business histories, military histories, atlases, and more. This index is located in the Main Library. Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.
The Main Library has Springfield telephone books dating back to 1922. Due to their fragile condition, all phone books prior to 1968 are kept behind the Reference Desk. No photocopying is allowed from these books.
Our genealogy handouts are customized to the Library's collection. Click on a link below to view/print the desired handout.
|Tracing Your IrishScottish Ancestry .pdf ||629.83 KB|
|Tracing Ancestors Who Served in the American Revolution.pdf ||557.55 KB|
|Tracing Your American Military Ancestry.pdf ||726.62 KB|
|Tracing Your Colonial Ancestry.pdf ||460.23 KB|
|Tracing Your African Ancestry.pdf ||509.06 KB|
|Tracing Your EnglishWelsh Ancestry.pdf ||511.59 KB|
|Tracing Your Ohio Ancestry.pdf ||543.43 KB|
|Tracing Your Civil War Ancestry.pdf ||564.9 KB|
|Tracing Your German Ancestry .pdf ||571.96 KB|
|Researching Your Property's History.pdf ||663.15 KB|
Rootsweb.com is one of UsGenWeb's projects. They also sponsor important special projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages as well.
This digital collection illuminates specific moments in the history of Ohio's African-Americans and provides an overview of their experiences during the time period 1850 to 1920 in the words of the people that lived them.
Fight for the Colors provides online access to the Ohio Battle Flag Collection from the Ohio Historical Society. There are more than five hundred flags in the collection, the majority of which are from the Civil War.
Ohio Death Certificate Index contains death certificates of persons who died in Ohio in 1913-1914.
Ohio History Central is an online encyclopedia that contains information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Each section contains written information, maps, timelines, and images.
Ohio History Online 
Ohio History was established in June 1887 as the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly. This online version of Ohio History contains peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on topics covering the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of Ohio.
Ohio Memory 
Ohio Memory contains 26,000 primary sources from 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums that document Ohio’s past from prehistory to the present.
Produced by the Ohio State University Extension, Ohioline contains hundreds of fact sheets and bulletins on subjects including agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H and youth.
Official Ohio Government website.
What Tree Is It? 
What Tree Is It? is an online guide to identifying leaves and fruits from common trees in Ohio. By choosing from a series of leaf and fruit images, you can find the leaf or fruit that most closely resembles your sample.
What's that Snake? 
What’s that Snake? includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio.
What's the Point? 
What’s the Point? identifies flint artifacts around Ohio.
No time for a Class? Book a One-on-One Computer Training Session
Schedule a free 60 minute one-on-one computer training session with a library staff member. Training sessions are for adult and by appointment only. Available training sessions are Windows 7 Basics, Windows 8 Basics, Windows 10 Basics, Files & Folders Basics, Internet Basics, E-mail Basics, Microsoft Word Basics, Microsoft Excel Basics, Microsoft PowerPoint Basics, Google Drive Basics, Facebook Basics, and Twitter/Pinterest Basics. Computer training sessions are conducted on library PCs, patrons must have a valid Clark County Public Library card for training sessions.To schedule an appointment, please fill out the One-on-One Computer Training Session form and turn it in at the Reference Desk or at any Clark County Public Library location. Any Questions? Please call the Reference Desk at (937) 328-6903 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Library staff cannot provide assistance with: secretarial work (typing or proofreading), online shopping, online tax assistance, installing hardware or software, or troubleshooting problems on home computer or laptop.
No time for a Class? Book a One-on-One eReader/Tablet Training Session
Schedule a free 60 minute one-on-one, eReader/Tablet training session with a library staff member. Training sessions are for adults and by appointment only. Training is for any handheld device, i.e. Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android Tablet, or Windows devices. Users will learn how to connect to the library’s Wif-fi, download free digital content (eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, etc.), and other features of your device. To schedule an appointment, please fill out the One-on-One eReader/Tablet Training Session form and turn it in at the Reference Desk or at any Clark County Public Library location. Any Questions? Please call the Reference Desk at (937) 328-6903 or e-mail email@example.com .
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Here's a few to get you started:
Computer Fundamental Courses - Introduction to Windows 7, Introduction to Windows 8, Windows 10, Computer Skills for the Workplace, Introduction to PC Troubleshooting, Keyboarding, Introduction to Programming, Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners, Understanding the Cloud.
Microsoft Office Courses - Introduction to Microsoft Word (2007, 2010), Intermediate Microsoft Word (2007, 2010), Introduction to Microsoft Excel (2007, 2010, 2013), Intermediate Microsoft Excel (2007, 2010), Advanced Microsoft Excel (2007, 2010), Introduction to Microsoft Access (2007, 2010), Intermediate Microsoft Access (2007, 2010), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (2010), Introduction to Microsoft Outlook (2007, 2010, 2013), Introduction to Microsoft Publisher (2007, 2010, 2013), What's New In Microsoft Office (2007, 2010, 2013), Introduction to Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac.
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Graphic and Multimedia Design Courses - Introduction to Photoshop (CS5, CS6), Intermediate Photoshop (CS5,CS6), Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer, Introduction to InDesign (CS5,CS6), Intermediate InDesign CS5, Introduction to Illustrator (CS5, CS6).
Web Technology - Achieving Top Search Engine Positions, Designing Effective Websites, Creating Web Pages, Advanced Web Pages, How to Get Started in Game Development.
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Get Started with Your Computer - Computer Basics: Roles of Computer, Personal Computer Fundamentals, The Basics of Windows 7, Customizing Windows 7, Application Basics, Organizing Data, Web Browsing, Printing, & Maintenance and Security.
Get Started with the Internet - Internet Basics: What is the Internet?, Surfing the Internet, The Internet as a Search Tool, Using One-on-One Communications, Email Etiquette, Branching Out Using the Internet, Understanding Social Networking, Using Web Tools, & Protecting Yourself Online.
Popular Software tools: Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect X3.
Learn Computer Graphics and Illustration: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop.
Understanding Your Operating System: Windows Operating System (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8) & Mac Operating Systems (Mac OS X Leopoard Desktop)
Practice Your Mouse Skills:
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Kits are available for use in pre-schools, nursing homes, for school programs, or with community groups. These kits contain slide shows, videotapes, cassette tapes of sing-along songs, skits, and other activities that revolve around a particular theme such as Remembering Farm Days, Remembering Fun and Games, and Remembering Pets. Bi-Folkal  kits are designed to be used in programs to prompt memories and discussion.
In the search box type "bi-folkal ". Twelve (12) kits are available: 
- Remembering African American Lives
- Remembering Birthdays
- Remembering County Fairs
- Remembering Farm Days
- Remembering Fun and Games
- Remembering Music
- Remembering Pets
- Remembering School Days
- Remembering the Depression
- Remembering the Home Front
- Remembering Train Rides
- Remembering Work Life
Bi-folkal kits are available for immediate checkout at the Main Library, Monday through Thursday, 9am - 5pm.
The kits may be reserved and picked up at any CCPL location or Bookmobile stop. Bi-folkal kits circulate for 21 days and may be renewed twice.
Do you enjoy discussing great books with your friends, but hate trying to track down enough copies for everyone in the group? Come to the Clark County Public Library. We’ve taken away the hassle by collecting the books for you into a kit. Each one of our kits typically contain 12 paperback books and a large print copy, if available. We’ve also included a Discussion Guide and Tip Sheet. Check out one of our Book Club Kits today!
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|Discussion Guide Angels and Demons.pdf ||497.55 KB|
|Discussion Guide Back When We Were Grownups.pdf ||328.86 KB|
|Discussion Guide Banner of Heaven.pdf ||730.68 KB|
|Discussion Guide Bel Canto.pdf ||320.95 KB|
|Discussion Guide Camel Bookmobile.pdf ||497.04 KB|
|Discussion Guide Five People.pdf ||532.07 KB|
|Discussion Guide Founding Mothers.pdf ||654.05 KB|
|Discussion Guide Full of Grace.pdf ||393.18 KB|
|Discussion Guide Funny in Farsi.pdf ||464.28 KB|
|Discussion Guide Glass Castle.pdf ||252.48 KB|
|Discussion Guide Into the Wild.pdf ||428.05 KB|
|Discussion Guide Memory Keeper.pdf ||295.37 KB|
|Discussion Guide Night.pdf ||469.91 KB|
|Discussion Guide Our Lady.pdf ||349.56 KB|
|Discussion Guide Secret Life.pdf ||292.56 KB|
|Discussion Guide The Shack.pdf ||604.25 KB|
|Discussion Guide They Carried.pdf ||441.8 KB|
|Discussion Guide Tin Flute.pdf ||426.59 KB|
|Discussion Guide To Kill A Mockingbird.pdf ||407.75 KB|
|Discussion Guide Tuesdays.pdf ||261.75 KB|
|Discussion Guide Eat, Pray, Love.pdf ||485.07 KB|
|Discussion Guide Guernsey Literary.pdf ||205.83 KB|
|Discussion Guide Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.pdf ||505.69 KB|
|Discussion Guide Keeping Faith.pdf ||233.64 KB|
|Discussion Guide Kite Runner.pdf ||208.99 KB|
|Discussion Guide Nineteen Minutes.pdf ||236.98 KB|
|Discussion Guide Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.pdf ||573.98 KB|
|Discussion Guide Still Alice.pdf ||370.99 KB|
|Discussion Guide Tallgrass.pdf ||408.39 KB|
|Discussion Guide Three Cups of Tea.pdf ||651.91 KB|
|Discussion Guide Water for Elephants.pdf ||317.47 KB|
|Discussion Guide Year of Magical Thinking.pdf ||275.1 KB|
The Currier & Ives Collection was gifted to the Clark County Public Library in 1971 by Mr. Charles Kemp of South Charleston, Ohio.
The collection consists of 28 original, hand-colored lithographs, depicting scenes and battles of the Civil War. The lithographs were created between 1861 and 1863. A complete list of all of the Civil War prints available (including prints not in our collection) can be found in Currier & Ives Chronicles of America, available in the library’s collection.
Through the generous gifts of Patricia Yanucci and Garnett McDonough, the Clark County Public Library is pleased to be able to place these pieces on display for the community to learn from and enjoy for years to come.
The collection is accessible 9:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m., Monday—Thursday and 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. on Fridays at the Main Library (along the hallway outside of the Gaier Meeting Room), 201 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield, OH. Please call (937) 328-6903 for more information.
Meeting rooms are available for public use at all library locations.
Groups booking the room must fill out an application and sign a user agreement prior to using the meeting rooms. The Library reserves the right to review any or all applications for space and judge whether or not the applicant fits the policy.
You may download a copy of the meeting room application and policy (below).
The Clark County Public Library offers a Talking Book Service through the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
The Talking Book Program provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to approximately 15,000 eligible blind, visually impaired, physically disabled and reading disabled Ohio residents.
If you or someone you know is interested in and meets the requirements for this program, a copy of the application is attached below.
For individuals who already particiapte in the Talking Book Program through the Clark County Public Library and need assistance with a machine, please contact:
Helga Spotts, Bookmobile Manager and Talking Books Coordinator at (937) 322-2821.
All Clark County Public Library locations are wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair is available at the Main Library upon request. Call (937) 328-6901 for more information.