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Urbana area newspapers from 1822 - 2020 are available online through this site. Search by name, keyword, etc. or browse through the paper from a particular day on the link below... http://champaigncounty.advantage-preservation.com/
You may now reserve a study room or the meeting room online. If you have any questions, please contact the library directly.
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Microfilm reader/printer

The library has 2 microfilm reader/printers and one microfilm reader available for public use.

Microfilm of Urbana Newspapers dating back to the 1820's are available in the Local History room.

Additional microfilm available includes early Champaign County Probate Records, Champaign County Census, etc.

There is a charge of 25¢ per page for microfilm copies.



A public copier is available at both libraries near the Service Desk.  Black and White copies are 10¢ each and Color copies are 25¢ each.  If you need assistance, please ask at the Service Desk. 



A reference librarian is on duty at the Service Desk during all business hours.  Please ask reference staff if you have any questions or need assistance finding an item.

The reference collection includes (but is not limited to): Value Line, the Ohio Revised Code, and local zoning laws. Reference books may not be checked out. A photocopier is located near the reference section if you wish to make copies.

Sight-impaired resources

For those who are sight impaired, the following services are available:

Large print books, both fiction and nonfiction. The new releases are located near the front of the library.

Books on CD or Playaways are available for our patrons.

Talking book machines. For those who qualify, patrons may receive a special tape player and have books on cassettes delivered to their home through the Talking Book Program. Please see Patty for more information concerning this service.

Study rooms


Study rooms

Study rooms may be scheduled in advance for use during regular library hours.  If the rooms are not scheduled, they may be used on a first-come, first-served basis.    There is a two (2) hour time limit per use.  Additional time may be approved by a supervisor.  Please sign in at the Service Desk when you arrive for your appointment.  Study room occupants are responsible for any damages.