Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

201 North Mulberry Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050
(740) 392-BOOK
Main Branch Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.
Friday & Saturday: 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Sunday: 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.

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The Reference Department at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County is here to assist you in using the Library and its many information resources. We are located on the main level of the main branch in Mount Vernon, just to the left of the Circulation Desk. Have a question? Need some research assistance? That's why we're here! Call us at (740)392-2665 (selection 2) or for best results, come talk to us. We'll do our best to help you get the information you need. Located adjacent to our reference desk is the Genealogy room, where we keep our research material, including back copies of the Mount Vernon News on microfilm.

Popular Reference Resources

Ohio Web Library

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Explore Ohio

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Know It Now 24/7

KnowItNow-24/7 is a live online information service provided free of charge for the citizens of Ohio by the State Library of Ohio and your local public library. Professional librarians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your reference questions and assist you in finding information by chat or text message.

Genealogy at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

In-Library Resources for Patron Use

Genealogy Room at the Main Branch

Most materials are in the Genealogy Room near the Reference Desk; We have limited resources for other counties. We do not have birth, marriage, or death records at the Library.

  • History of Knox County: Hill, 1881; Norton, 1779-1862; Lorey, 1876-1976
  • Past and Present of Knox County, 1912
  • Biographical Record of Knox County, 1902
  • Atlases of Knox County, 1871 and 1896
  • Family histories
  • Marriage index, covers 1808-1875
  • Death Records index, covers 1867-1908
  • Obituary indices, substantial but not complete
  • Knox County cemeteries index
  • Will abstracts, not complete
  • Knox Co. census beginning 1820, excluding 1890 (records on microfilm, indexes 1830-1880)
  • Mount Vernon newspapers from 1840s (on microfilm and generally NOT indexed)

Copies: 15 cents for photocopies; 25 cents for microfilm copies

Librarian Assisted Research

We at the Public Library are happy to assist you in your genealogy research. If you are out of town, or are unable to come in and use our genealogy collection yourself,we do offer some free basic research services. Keep in mind that time and staff constraints prevent us from assisting in detailed or large projects. Please allow at least 4weeks for us to respond to your request (during peak times, it can take twice that long, or more). You may email your request to: You may also send your requests via postal mail or by phone at (740) 392-2665, ext. 230. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting requests.

  • Please do not request more than 3 obituary or birth notices, or article lookups (or any combination of these.)
  • Please have a specific date for your obituary/birth notices, or article lookups (our newspapers are not indexed); the Knox County Health Department may be able to assist you in pinpointing an exact date of birth or death.
  • Newspaper-related requests can only be searched in the Mount Vernon News, or its predecessors (please keep in mind that our newspapers are NOT indexed, so a specific date is required.)
  • Original records (birth/death/marriage records) are available at Knox County Records. We do have incomplete indices to birth and marriage records (which refer to courthouse records), as well as a sizable, though not complete, index to obituary notices.
  • Please no more than 3 index lookups (we cannot look up "all of the Smiths" in the Cemetery Index.)
  • We do have census records on microfilm for Knox County, however, we do not have indices for all of them, so we may not be able to fulfill all census requests (and again, please no more than 3 names.)
  • If you are requesting information on a particular local business, organization, or institution, or if you are seeking biographical information of persons, you may also want to contact the Knox County Historical Society (see below.)
  • Please also keep in mind that federal copyright laws may prevent us from fulfilling a request (we cannot photocopy an entire book, or significant portions of the book, without permission from the author and/or publisher.)

Other Online Local Resources

Knox County Historical Society
Knox County Records Center

Test Preparation and Career Building Tools.

Learning Express Library brings a vast variety of educational and career based tools to your fingertips. Just a few of the practice exams online include: ACT, ASVAB, GED, SAT, and much more. Patrons must sign up for Learning Express on a library computer to establish a user name and password. Then the service may be accessed through the Internet from any computer.

Employment assistance

Library Provided Job and Career Service

Job and Career Accelerator

Job and Career Accelerator is a free online service which allows library patrons to search for jobs, create, save and print resumes and more! It is part of the Learning Express resource, which also provides test preparation and computer training. Patrons must sign up for Learning Express on a library computer to establish a user name and password. Then the service may be accessed through the Internet from any computer.

Other Employment Websites

Ohio Means Jobs Website

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Unemployment in Ohio

In Ohio there are only two ways to file for unemployment benefits.

  • File online at, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Limited service may be available while our system is being updated nightly. Check the website for available services. Please be sure to follow the prompts.
  • Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-888-642-8203, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). The toll-free number is now available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Legal Forms

Self Help Legal Forms.

* Please note that the library does not give legal advice, but can help put you in contact with those that can. These forms and documents were provided by the Southeastern Ohio Legal Services which can be reached at 1-888-831-9412.

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Phone for Help: 1-800-318-2596