The Library of Congress encourages
researchers to use local library resources first. Your local library
will often be able to respond to your query more quickly than the
Library of Congress, and is better able to identify and respond
to your specific and ongoing needs. In many cases, you will find
that the information you need is available at your local library.
Once you have exhausted local and regional resources, you may direct
specific enquiries to the Library of Congress by writing a letter
or sending an email to one of the addresses given below. Before
sending an enquiry to the Library, consult the Library's Frequently
Asked Questions page; the answer to your question may be listed
on one of the Library's FAQs. Your enquiry should explain what
you have already consulted, and include a surface mail address.
The Library refers telephone reference questions to local libraries,
which in most cases will have the resources to answer those questions.
Due to time and staff constraints, the Library of Congress is not
able to undertake extensive research projects; a list of certified
researchers who will do such projects for a fee is available from
and Social Sciences Division.