Research Help

Sometimes a Google search just won't cut it. Our Libraries & History staff are here to share their expertise and connect you with the information you need.

Reference Services


We're good at finding sources related to your topic.

Catalog Help

Learn how to search our library catalog to find what you need.

Technology Assistance

Get started using a computer, printing, and scanning.


We can often obtain a copy of a local obituary.

Ask a Librarian

Get help from anywhere when you use Florida's virtual reference service. Librarians are available to chat from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

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Reference help is also available by phone and email

Ask a Historian

Dr. Jennifer Zoebelein, our county historian, is ready to answer your history-specific questions and assist with research. Call 941.629.7278 or email today.

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Historical Research Services

Local History Collection

Start your research with the volumes in our Local History Collection. These materials are of special interest to Charlotte County history and have been reserved for use at History Services. Drop in to the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library to access this collection.


While much of our archived material is accessible online, visits to our physical archives at Englewood or Punta Gorda can be accommodated by appointment. Contact Dr. Jennifer Zoebelein to schedule.