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Obit Research

Local Research 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. 

The Library has a local nonfiction historical section numbering over one thousand (1000) volumes as well as being the home to the Malheur County Historical Society Book Collection.  Many of these volumes may be checked out; others must be used only at the library.

The Library no longer allows bound newspapers to be placed in 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 page is .20 cents.  All copies are in black and white.   


The Library staff is able to do limited research to find obituaries and articles for the public.  Research fee is $5.00 and includes the first set of copies. Please send check (or money order), name of person (or article information), any dates you may have and your contact information to the library.  You may also contact us by email:   
Please allow up to 4 weeks to process your request.
If you are looking for more extensive research and live out of the area there are individuals available to do this.  Please contact the library for more information.  541-889-6371 or  contact us by email: 

If you have questions please contact the Library at 541-889-6371 or 

Please note:

the Micro-film reader is Out of Order.

Availability of some publication dates is currently being reviewed.