Access The News-Press Online

The primary newspaper for the Lee County area is The News-Press.

Online access to current and back-issues of The News-Press are available within each of the 13 Lee County Library System branch locations. If you are accessing The News-Press from outside of the library, please be prepared to enter your library barcode number.

Request an Obituary From Microfilm

The Fort Myers Regional Library keeps an archive of the local newspaper on microfilm from 1884 to the present. All are welcome to submit an obituary related request.

All obituary related requests must include the deceased's name, date of death, city of residence, and any other information that could help verify the obituary. Also, please include your full name and complete address in the letter.

Patrons have two options for submitting their requests:

  1. If a photocopy of the original notice is needed, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, large enough to accommodate at least two 8 ½ x 11 sheets of paper. Mail your request to:

    Reference Department
    Fort Myers Regional Library
    2450 First Street
    Fort Myers, FL  33901

  2. If an email reply is all that is required (this will include the text of the notice, complete citation, and any additional recommendations, but no photocopy), an email request with the above information may be sent to

    Your request will be handled on a staff available basis. We cannot guarantee a return date.
    We are unable to send photocopies in response to research requests received without a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope.