The Local History and Genealogy Collection of the Elyria Public Library System is located on the first of the Central Library. The Collection is a result of the Daughters of the American Revolution having donated its extensive collection to the Library at the close of World War II. Today, it includes over 2,000 volumes, plus manuscripts, periodicals, microfilm, and some photographs.

Items continue to be added to the Collection which can only be used in the Library.

The public is welcome to use the Collection during regular Library hours. The Collection's items may be accessed on public terminals or a Reference Librarian can answer specific questions, though extensive research cannot be expected. If you must leave the area temporarily, advise a Librarian or attach a note to the materials.

The Local History and Genealogy Collection of the Elyria Public Library System is located on the first floor of the Central Library.

Microfilm Holdings of the Elyria Public Library System

Bookshelves next to chairs and tables

The Ely Room houses two collections – the Ely Family Collection and the Preservation of Historic Houses and Building Collection.

The Ely Family Collection (otherwise known as the Ely Family Papers) are documents, letters, correspondence, business records and some 3D items relating to the Ely family who founded the city of Elyria. In cooperation with the Lorain County Historical Society, the Ely Room was organized by a trained archivist. Sign-in is required at the reference desk to view the material. The reference desk will also provide an index of the collection contents and the rules that must be followed. A staff member will pull the item requested. White gloves are preferable and no pens should be used for taking notes.

The Preservation of Historic Houses and Buildings Collection was created when the buildings around West Avenue and Elyria High School were designated a historic area. The collection primarily consists of books having to do with the preservation and restoration of older and historic houses and buildings.

Ely Room of the Elyria Public Library System is located on the second floor of the West River Library.

Photocopies from the copy machines are $.10, while microfilm are $.25 each. Free use of an electronic magnifying machine for the visually impaired is always available.