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We're sorry that we are no longer able to answer your questions. However, we have some suggestions for continuing your research.
A Local (or Non-Local) Library
If you have access to one, local public libraries are often your best resource for asking questions and obtaining materials. You may even be able to use partner libraries or borrow materials from other libraries using services like Interlibrary Loan. Ask for details at your local library.
You can also explore libraries at schools, colleges, museums, or other institutions. Some libraries only allow access to members of their user community, but others allow the general public to use some or all of their resources. If you can't visit a library in person, you may be able to contact them online or by phone to get help.
Not sure how to contact your local library, or want to find out what other institutions may have libraries in your area? Try one of these international library directories.
lib-web-cats: A directory of libraries through the world
State Libraries: All US states have libraries that offer access to materials and services for residents of the state, including some email or chat reference services, article databases, and more. The site PublicLibraries.com contains a directory of state libraries.
PublicLibraries.com: State Libraries
Online Library Services: Often libraries offer some kind of virtual reference service, such as email or live chat. Some libraries take questions from anyone, while others have more restrictions—explore the policies on each library site to find out if you qualify. The LISWiki has an international directory of libraries offering chat services specifically.
LISWiki: Chat reference libraries
The United States Library of Congress also offers online services that might be applicable to your needs.
Library of Congress: Ask a Librarian
The ipl2 has always been a big supporter of local libraries. We encourage you to make use of any services available to you!
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We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you for over 20 years, and we wish you luck as you continue your research!