Plan Your Visit

Welcome to Licking County Records & Archives! We are excited for you to explore the historical records of Licking County Government. To safeguard our unique and historical materials, researchers are required to observe the following rules while visiting the Reference Room:

Hours of Operation: Researchers may view records in the Reference Room during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please check with Records & Archives Center staff regarding holiday exceptions.

Personal Belongings:

Licking County Records & Archives Center staff is not responsible for items lost or stolen. Personal items may be subject to inspection.



Researchers are permitted to use personal computers, tablets, or cell phones in the Reference Room. If you wish to listen to music while conducting research, you are absolutely welcome to do so, as long as headphones are used and volumes are kept at a reasonable level. 

Food & Beverages:

Food and uncovered beverages are not permitted in the Reference Room. Covered beverages (i.e. bottles of water) are permitted at the discretion of the Reference Room staff. Covered beverages, when permitted, must be kept off the table and away from records-there are no exceptions.


Using Archival Materials:


All materials must be handled with care; some records may require the use of gloves or book cradles.

Only paper, pencils, and approved equipment are permitted at research tables.

There are no limits on the number of records or volumes that a researcher can request to view, however, researchers may view one volume or one box at a time.

The original order of records must be maintained; DO NOT shift the order of items in any folder or box. A placeholder can be provided upon request. Per the Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.42, falsifying, destroying, removing, concealing, altering, defacing or otherwise mutilating public records is considered a felony and is strictly prohibited. Anyone found to be tampering or attempting to tamper with the records found at the Licking County Records & Archives Center will be subject to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

Circulation & Reproductions:

No materials may be taken from the Licking County Records & Archives Center. Archival collections are non-circulating materials, which means they cannot be checked out like a library's collection. Staff will assist with making copies (fees may apply).

Reference Services: 

We are happy to provided reference assistance via email, in-person, or by phone. Appointments are not required, but strongly recommended when visiting the Archive. To make an appointment, please call (740) 670-5121, or email [email protected]

To better assist you, please describe your request as thoroughly as possible with as many details as possible: names, dates, case numbers, and specific locations. If your request is excessively broad or vague we may not be able to assist in your research. 

If you require aid in conducting your research, please schedule an appointment. Otherwise in the case of walk-ins, it is the responsibility of the researcher to search the records. Our Reference Archivist will be happy to assist you when available.

Publication & Citation Requirements:

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in his or her use of archival materials. When citing material from LCRA collections, please use the following information:

Title of Record

Name of Collection or Record Series

Box or Volume Number

Case Number (if applicable)

Originating Agency (if applicable)

Repository and Location

Notice: The Licking County Records & Archives Center reserves the right to carry out or alter these policies as it sees fit in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.