Note: All links are for patron convenience only and are not affiliated with Ontario Library District. All patrons are urged to use online safety practices. This page contains links to other internet sites that provide resources. At the time they were linked these resources were age appropriate where necessary. The library is not responsible for the content of linked sites.
Access to some of these resources will require a Library barcode and password . Please contact the library (541-889-6371) for assistance in accessing the databases or if you have questions.
- Find a Grave
- National Archives - Veteran / Census
- Malheur County
- National Center for Health Statistics
- Oregon Arhival Records
- Oregon Historical County Records Guide
- Oregon Vital Records and Certificates
- The Argus Observer
- America’s News
- The Idaho Statesman Collection – 1999 to Current
- The Oregonian Collection – 1987 to Current
- USA Today Collection
Ontario Community Library In-House Refrence Materials
The Ontario Library has a wide selection of local research materials such as newspapers, phone directories, yearbooks and magazines all for public use and research. Request these items at the front desk.
We are currently unable to view issues of newspapers archived on micro-film. The Micro-film reader is out of order and unavailable for use.
The Library no longer allows bound newspapers to be placed in/on the photo copier. This damages the binding and the paper itself. We recommend the use of a digital camera. You may bring your own or library staff will make copies for you. Each black and white page is .20 cents. Speak with library staff about other options.
Historical Sections and Reference Materials
The Historical section is by the large east facing windows. There is a reading/study area with tables for patron use. This is also where the library's current magazines are housed. The Library houses a large collection of local nonfiction historical books and reference materials numbering over one thousand (1000) volumes. Many of these volumes may be checked out; others must be used only at the library.
The Ontario Community Library also houses the Malheur County Historical Society Book Collection. This collection is in kept locked cabinets and patrons interested in viewing these materials must inquire at the front desk. Patrons may look at the books within the library only. They do not check out.
Articles/Obituary Search by Library Staff
Library staff is able to do limited research to find obituaries and articles for the public. If you have questions please call the Library Director at 541-889-6371.
Please send the following to Ontario Community Library 388 SW 2nd Ave. Ontario, Oregon 97914.
- Check (or money order) for Research Fee of $5.00
- Name of person (or article information),
- Dates and locations you may have
- Your contact information
- Name, Address, Phone Number and Email
- Please allow up to 4 weeks to process your request.