The Recorder of Deeds Search Library is located at 313 West Market Street, Suite 3502. Hours of operation are 8:30am to 4:15pm Monday - Friday.
Please note that our staff are not permitted to conduct research for the public.
Search Library FAQs
What can I research in the Search Library?
You can research documents related to property transactions in Chester County. Some subdivision and other plans and maps are also available for review. Our office does not track foreclosures, home sales data, or lien filings.
How do I get a copy, or certified copy, of my deed or other document?
Please see the Search Library Staff for assistance in obtaining a copy, or certified copy, of your deed or other document. The Staff can assist you with your first document. If you need to do additional research, the Staff will show you how to use the Search Library systems.
What information do I need to begin my research?
In general, you will need to know the document’s Book and Page number OR the property owner’s name to begin your research. To determine the property owner’s name, please visit the County Assessment office located on the Second Floor of our building (take the elevator or stairs).
How do I begin my research?
- Locating a document: Documents can be located using the Infodex or Eagle Web systems accessible on any of the computer stations located in the Search Library. Enter the property owner’s name OR the Book and Page of the document. Images of recorded documents from 1994 to the present can be viewed and printed from Eagle Web, however older documents will have recording information only-images are not yet available.
- E-Film: Images of recorded documents from the beginning of our recording in Book A1 through 1984 can be researched and viewed using the IQS E-Film System. E-Film is accessible on any of the computer workstations located in the Search Library.
- Website or Eagle Web: Images of recorded documents from 1994 to the present can be researched and viewed using the search area of our website or the Eagle Web system. The website www.chesco.org/recorder is accessible via the internet from your location. The Eagle Web system is available on any of the computer workstations located in the Search Library.
- Microfilm: Images of recorded documents from 1984 through 1993 are available on microfilm. The microfilm carousels are located along the windows in the Search Library and can be viewed using the Microfiche Reader/Printers. Please ask a Library Staff Member for assistance if you are a first time user of the machines. no refunds are given for bad copies/print-outs.
- Deed Books: Some deed books are available in the Search Library for review. Older, more fragile deed books are kept in the County Archives.
What is included in the role of Search Library Staff?
- Obtain a copy of your deed or other document related to your property
- Certify a copy of your recorded deed or other document
- Certify military discharges
- Access the Search Library computer systems
- Operate the microfiche and other Library machines
- Locate deed books and microfiche cartridges
- Obtain and copying plans/maps