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reference assistance

The library offers reference service by mail and e-mail for those unable to visit the library. There is no charge for this service. We do ask, however, that our correspondents keep in mind that the reference staff is small and those answering letters are also providing on-site and telephone reference assistance. For this reason, please ask only one question per e-mail request and be as specific as possible.

Reference queries are answered in the order in which they are received, regardless of format. Those e-mailing, as well as those writing letters, should expect a response within 3 to 4 weeks.

For reference assistance by email, please fill out the following form (* indicates required field).
Thank you!

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