AboutOhio Amish Library
The Purpose of the Ohio Amish Library
- To provide guidance to the historical and genealogical interests of the Amish and related Anabaptist groups.
- To collect and preserve books, documents, periodicals, family histories, and other historical items of value to the heritage of the Amish and related Anabaptist groups.
- To make available the books and other items to the entire community for viewing and research, etc.
- To promote the Biblical faith and heritage of the Amish and related Anabaptist groups.
The Ohio Amish Library was founded in 1986 with the aim to collect and preserve Anabaptist, Amish, and Mennonite related material such as histories, devotional books, genealogies, articles, etc.
The library was originally located at a small upstairs office at the Kline Lumber company. As it grew the need for a new building became apparent. A new building was constructed just south of the Kline Lumber company to house the growing collection which now included the William McGrath collection.
By 2013 it became apparent the need for a larger, more public location was needed. An agreement was reached to merge the Ohio Amish library collection with the small collection at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, Ohio. Additionally, Leroy Beachy agreed to place his Ausbund and Martyrs Mirror collection at the library on a long term loan basis.
The Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center constructed a new library addition with a climate controlled vault to house these collections in 2015-2016. The new library officially opened in April, 2016.
The Ohio Amish library is governed by a Board of Directors and is a non-profit 501 c3 organization.
It is actively seeking to collect and preserve Amish and Mennonite related books, histories, genealogies, magazines, articles, and related materials.
The library has the climate controlled facilities and expertise to preserve your precious family historical items. Please consider us when you make these important decisions.