The library’s 90,000-volume general history collection focuses on the Gilded Age from the advent of the Civil War to the eve of World War I, including material written about the period as well as books published during that time. The same is true of the newspapers and periodicals, which include hundreds of “old” titles as well as many current subscriptions.

An emphasis on Ohio history, especially local history (Sandusky County and surroundings), makes this unique among presidential libraries, as does a large genealogical collection. There are special collections on topics as diverse as Great Lakes shipping, 19th century prison reform (a special interest of President Hayes), Abraham Lincoln, and 19th century cookery.

The library is always interested in acquiring materials relating to U.S. history from 1850-1917, particularly Reconstruction, Civil War, Spanish-American War, railroads, education, African American history and Indian/government relations. Ohio history is also of interest, especially Sandusky River Valley and northwest Ohio. Please contact the Head Librarian, John Ransom, [email protected].

 All books are cataloged and can be found on Bowling Green State University’s online catalog, and