The primary mission of the Library
of Congress is to serve Members of the Congress and thereafter,
the needs of the government, other libraries, and members of the
public. The Library's staff will respond to reference and information
requests in accordance with this mission.
Correspondents are encouraged to
use local and online resources. For those seeking further assistance
from the Library of Congress, the staff will respond to their
reference and information needs to the extent possible. Because
the Library participates in a global network of librarians working
electronically to answer questions, your online reference question
may be submitted to this global network for reply.
Please note that the scope of the
services does not include: compilation of extensive bibliographies,
requests for information connected with contests, completion of
school or work assignments, translations or research in heraldry
or family history.