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Library Services

REFERENCE

Ohio County Public Library's Reference Department is available to provide reader's advisory services, assist patrons with WVDeli and their e-book and audiobook devices, and answer any questions in person, over the phone, 304-232-0244, or via email.  

COPIES

A copying machine is available for public use at the circulation desk. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page and color copies are 25 cents per page. 

COMPUTER ACCESS AND PRINTING

Computers are available for patrons and guests use. Patrons may log themselves in with their library card and PIN number. Guests who provide a photo ID may ask for a guest pass at reference. All computers have internet access, access to Ancestry.com (library version) and Newspaper Archives databases, and Microsoft Office 2013. 

Prints from the computers are 10 cents per page. No refunds are offered for pages that print incorrectly. We strongly recommend using the "Print Preview" option before sending a document to the printer. All prints are held in a queue at the circulation desk until paid for. Prints will disappear from the queue if not paid for after 1 hour.

Free wifi is also available at the library. Ask for a passcode for the wifi at the reference desk. The library's wifi will show up on your device as OCPL-AP. 

NOTARY SERVICES

The Library offers free notary services. No appointments are necessary and there are no charges for notarizing documents unless the documents must be printed out or copies made. Copies and printouts are 10 cents per page.

Please note that all people signing a document — both signers and witnesses — must be present in front of the notary and all people signing must have a current photo ID with them. DO NOT sign the paper beforehand. Notaries must witness the all required notarized signatures on the document. 

Though certified staff members are available during most open hours to notarize papers, you may wish to call ahead and make sure a Notary will be available when you visit the Library, 304-232-0244.

TEST PROCTORING

What is test proctoring? Well, a proctored test is an exam that is supervised by an approved, neutral person (a proctor) who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test-taking environment.

The Library provides test proctoring services. Some exams and certifications may be proctored by any available reference person. Other exams may require a professor to contact a specific reference person in advance. Please check with the administrator of your test and call the Library in advance of your scheduled exam time - 304-232-0244 - or contact us through our "Ask a Proctor" email form. 

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES

Our Wheeling Room houses a substantial collection of material related to Wheeling's rich history including local and regional history books and magazines, city directories, cemetery indexes, yearbooks, families histories. 

Materials the Wheeling Room are available to be viewed by the general public. However, the Wheeling Room is kept locked at all times and patrons must request access at the reference desk. Notebooks, laptops, tablets and other recording materials are permitted, but all backpacks, bags, purses and other carrying cases must be locked in a secure room by the reference staff.

Our staff genealogist is generally available to help patrons and answer questions Monday-Friday, 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but it's to call ahead to make sure our genealogist is available: 304-232-0244.

ARCHIVAL MATERIALS

The Ohio County Public Library recognizes an obligation to amass and make available a Local History Collection. The purpose of this collection is to preserve materials that document the history of Wheeling and the Upper Ohio Valley region and to make these materials available to researchers and the general public.

The library, as space and other considerations permit, collects and houses non-published materials such as photographs, photograph albums, scrapbooks, personal and corporate archives, journals, letters, maps, prints, pamphlets, brochures, advertising ephemera and the like that are related to the history of Wheeling or the Upper Ohio Valley region.

Appointments must be made in advance to view archival materials. Please call 304-232-0244 to make an appointment to view a specific collection. 

Donations of archival materials related to Wheeling, Ohio County, or the Upper Ohio Valley are welcome. Please review our Archival Policy

Want to use one of our images for publication in print or online? Please download our Publication of Materials form or call us at  304-232-0244 and ask for the Archives department.

LIBRARY-SPONSORED PROGRAMS POLICY

The purpose of Ohio County Public Library-sponsored programs is to provide education, information, and entertainment for library patrons. The Library reserves the right to exercise sole discretion in selecting and inviting presenters for its programs. In selecting presenters, the Library does not discriminate on account of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, religion, ancestry or national origin, and the views expressed by presenters of Library-sponsored programs, or by any person in attendance at the programs, do not necessarily reflect the views of the Library, its staff, and /or its representatives.

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