Family History & Learning Center

Virginia Wheeler Martin Family History & Learning Center

Now open at Medina Library

Medina Library’s Reference Department received a complete makeover beginning in April 2019 thanks to a $2.5 million donation from the namesake and former Medina resident, Virginia Wheeler Martin (1928-2016). Virginia was active in many organizations, however, family history was her passion.

A new computer lab will allow for the return of GED testing and more computer courses. A dividable conference room, with seating for up to 16, and study rooms, will provide new places to meet and work on projects. 

Local & Family History Collection

The former Franklin Sylvester Collection serves as the foundation for the space and includes books, microfilm, photographs, maps, and more to help you research your ancestors.  Learn more about our holdings in the Local History & Genealogy Research Sources booklet.

It is enhanced with Virginia Wheeler Martin's archival collection of research notes, vital records, and photographs, documenting her ancestors. Surnames covered include Baker, Bennett, Brandt, Crawford, Curtiss, England, Frazier, Moore, Pentz, Richardson, Wheeler, and others. Geographic coverage includes Medina, Seville, and various other locations.

Check MCDL's Events Calendar for Genealogy & Local History Events.

Digital Lab

Preserve family heirlooms for future generations. Convert home movies, slides, photographs, negatives, records, tapes, and other media to digital files. The lab will also feature a large format printer.


A 3-D printer and scanner await your project ideas. Use the embroidery machine, serger, laser engraver, and more. Please make appointments by calling 330-725-0588 or email 

Temporary Maker Space hours
Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a library card to use the equipment in the Digital Lab and Makerspace? 
No. You will, however, need to read and sign the Equipment User Agreement & Release of Liability and show a Driver’s License or State ID. 

Are there any restrictions on using the equipment in the Digital Lab and Makerspace? 
Yes. There will be a few restrictions on using the equipment. These restrictions are for safety and to help the equipment be used fairly. The restrictions include:

  • Age - To use the equipment you must be 12 years of age or older. (If you are between 12 to 18, your parent/guardian must sign the “User Agreement and Waiver.”)
  • Training - Some equipment does require training in advance.
  • Time Limits - Users will be limited to three hours of use per piece of equipment per day. It is recommended that you reserve the piece of equipment that you are interested in using, prior to visiting the Center. Walk-ins will be accepted only if the equipment is available, with no immediate reservations. Reservations take priority.
  • Special Cases - The Center’s 3-D Printer and Large-Format Printer/Cutter will not be available for individuals to reserve directly. With these devices, users will email their files to the Center’s staff or bring in files on a flash drive to be entered into a print queue. You’ll be notified when your project is completed and ready for pick-up. 

Is there a cost to use the equipment in the Digital Lab and Makerspace? 
No, only a charge for consumable materials. Materials may include: 

  • Flash Drive
  • SD Memory Card
  • 3-D Printer Filament
  • Large-Format Printer/Cutter Paper and Ink
  • Embroidery Machine Bottom Bobbin Thread
  • Etc. 


Contact MCDL's Genealogy Team at


Medina County District Library is grateful for donations of historic materials pertaining to Medina County, Ohio and its surrounding counties of Ashland, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Summit, and Wayne.  Contact for more information on donating to the collection.  

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