There are many ways to find people via the Internet. Most require at least the person's last name, although it is often possible to find out who resides at a known address or has a known phone number (reverse searching).
It is important to remember:
Chances are that a person who cannot be found in online phone directories has no phone in his or her name, has moved recently or has an unlisted number.
If you are trying to find contact information for a business, many of these links will be helpful. For additional business directories, please check our Business research guide.
Many government agencies now make public records available online in searchable databases. Use these resources to find local information such as Franklin County court cases, Columbus police reports and state of Ohio sex offenders, as well as national information such as inmates incarcerated in the federal prison system.
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The resources listed in these guides are good places to begin your research, but they represent only some of the materials available at the Library. If you wish to explore these topics further or if you have any questions, please Ask Us!