Research Requests

For $8 per hour/any part of an hour a library staff member will search back issues of local newspapers for obituaries, wedding announcements, etc. for people residing outside the Cortland area.  Because these newspapers are not indexed, providing the month and year in which the event occurred will expedite the search. Please email your request to or call the library for more information. 


Ask Us 24/7

Ask Us 24/7 is a virtual chat service that connects people with reference librarians. Ask Us 24/7 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You will not necessarily be chatting with a librarian in your community or even at your library, but you will be chatting with a reference librarian. The librarian who answers your call will be able to help you with questions about your library and will help you find answers to other questions you may have by using a range of Internet sources and specialized databases. If you need assistance specifically from your home library, your question will be referred and a librarian from your home library will get back to you via email.