In many cases, you will find that the information you need is available at your local library. 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.
Public libraries are often listed in the government section ("blue pages" in the U.S.) or business section ("yellow pages") of your local telephone book. You may also use these Internet resources to find libraries by name or location:
Federal Depository Library Directory
Searchable directory from the U.S. Government Printing Office that enables users to find Federal Depository libraries in their area by clicking on a map, or by searching the database by keyword, state, zip code and other variables.
A directory of libraries worldwide. While the majority of the current listings are in North America, the numbers of libraries represented in other parts of the globe is growing.
Search for Public Libraries
Searchable directory enabling users to find U.S. public libraries by name, state, size of collection, number of staff and other criteria. From the U.S. Department of Education (Source: Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2005).
List of U.S. state library websites from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
This site allows you to search for books and other materials available in libraries in your community and around the world.