Ohioana’s collection is housed in the library’s Linda R. Hengst Room, and includes more than 80,000 books, 10,000 pieces of sheet music, and approximately 20,000 biographical files on Ohio writers, musicians, and artists. See below to access the online catalog, finding aids, and other Ohio literature resources.


Books, periodicals, and sheet music in Ohioana’s collection are included in the State Library of Ohio’s searchable online catalog, which can be accessed by clicking the button below. To see only items in Ohioana’s collection, click Modify Search at the top of your search results page. Then select Ohioana from the Location menu.

Please note, due to budget and staffing, not all of Ohioana’s materials are cataloged at this time. Please contact us if you are unable to locate an item, and the librarian will check our holdings.

Search Catalog

Biographical Information

Ohioana’s collection includes more than 20,000 biographical files about Ohio writers, artists, and musicians, collected over the past eight decades. Click the links below to see a list of our resources about various Ohioans. Please contact us if you are unable to locate a biographical file, and the librarian will check our holdings.

Biographical Files
Ohio Author Profiles

Archive Materials

In addition to substantial book and sheet music collections, the Ohioana Library also holds a number of archival items including scrapbooks, postcards, correspondence and other personal papers, photos, and manuscripts. Click below to see descriptions and finding aids for some of the library’s archival resources.

Finding Aids