EXPLORE THE PAST
Research the history of Toledo and Lucas County using TLCPL’s Digital Collections. Select a collection to begin your search.
Materials in our collection tell stories of the people, places, and events that shaped our region. Browse our online exhibitions to learn more.
- The American Woman and World War II
- Elizabeth Frankowski Memoirs
- Northwest Ohio Wartime Correspondence
- Retrospective of Library History
- Teenage Views on Literature 1960s
- Toledo Area Jewish History
- Toledo Area Labor History
- Toledo: East of the Maumee River
- Toledo Troopers Football Team
- Toledo Women Lawyers History Project
- Toledo’s Black History
The Local History and Genealogy Department offers three online resources for researching houses and buildings in Northwest Ohio.
Buildings and Architecture Digital Collection Find photographs, blueprints, and architectural renderings.
Auditor’s Images Block Cards from the Lucas County Auditor’s Office are visual records of properties for tax assessment purposes. Find photographs for addresses in Lucas County taken between 1937-1965.
Architecture of Northwest Ohio Resource Guide Discover more about the history of architecture in Northwest Ohio and research your home.
The community photo album contains digitized photographs and digital still images contributed to the Library from the citizens of Toledo and Lucas County. Images are from 2018-2020 and serve as a visual reflection of a community at a moment in time.
- Continually learning and updating our best practices to ensure the Library’s materials are presented and described appropriately
- Actively diversifying the content in Digital Collections to equitably represent the populations and perspectives of the Toledo Lucas County community
- Providing a means for feedback if you encounter materials in Digital Collections that need review