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Material Collections

The Midwest Genealogy Center houses over 250,000 books and tens of thousands of pieces of microform. This collection includes local, national, and international materials such as family histories, city directories, phone books, yearbooks, state and county records, maps, and more.

While the MGC collection is primarily comprised of reference materials, select titles are available for checkout. Search our online catalog for circulating items.

Rare Books

Family bibles, local histories, fragile materials, and more can be found in the MGC Rare Book room.


MGC’s periodical collection encompasses hundreds of subscriptions from genealogical and historical societies across the country.

InterLibrary Loan

To access items that are not part of MGC’s collection, try using InterLibrary Loan (ILL).

Microfilm at MGC

MGC Microform Holdings Guides

City Directories and Phone Books on Microform

All print city directories and phone books can be located through the online catalog. These listings below are directories and phone books on microfiche or microfilm that have not yet been added to the online catalog. Be sure to look at these listings as well as on the online catalog for the complete collection.

Borrowing Microfilm Not Owned by MGC

In some cases, MGC will loan items from our microform collection to libraries outside of the Mid-Continent Public Library system. MGC staff also facilitate customer requests for microform loans from collections held by other repositories, including libraries, state historical societies, and the Library of Congress for use at the Midwest Genealogy Center or other Mid-Continent Public Library branches with microform readers. The owning institution may charge a fee for this service.

For more information about our collection, explore our Microform Holdings Guides [NEED LINK].

This form allows you to place an order for microfilm from other repositories to be sent to the Midwest Genealogy Center or Mid-Continent Public Library branch of your choice.

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