Remote Research Request Policy

Remote Research Policy

The Lima Public Library strives to provide the best resources and services to meet the needs of the citizens of Allen County. The Library further recognizes its role as a regional information provider and its commitment to the health and well being of the greater library world.

In-house library use allows the Library the opportunity to educate patrons in the use of resources. The independent and self-guided researcher is our educational goal. When that educational opportunity and patron’s personal use is not possible, the equitable use of limited resources requires some guidelines for remote requests and requests outside our service area:

Obituaries: The Lima Public Library maintains an index of obituaries appearing in the Lima News from 1930 (currently) to the present time. 

Research Guidelines: The Lima Public library will research your request for obituaries or other local information for a minimum deposit of $7.00. Research cannot exceed 2 hours ($28.00). Five photocopies are included in this price, additional copies will cost $.20 each. Delivery by standard mail, or email is included. If you request a rapid delivery service such as Federal Express, an additional fee will be charged. Fees may be paid by check or money order made payable to the “Lima Public Library”.


1. Submit request with deposit (see above - $7.00 minimum) by mail.

2. Make your request for information as specific as possible. We may be required to contact you for clarification. If so, we will mail, email or telephone if it is a local call.

3. Specify method of delivery of the information. Provide mailing address and phone number and email address if applicable. If your initial deposit does not cover the expense, you will be notified. If your deposit results in an over payment, a refund will be issued.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Reference Department of the Lima Public Library at 419-228-5113 ext. 1.