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Business and Labor History: Primary Sources at the Library of Congress

Business Reference Services

Part of the Science, Technology & Business Division at the Library of Congress, Business Reference Services is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.

Business Reference Services does maintain several microfiche/film sets related to annual reports, SEC filings, and technical reports. If you do need to use these collections, machines are available in the reading room or staff can escort you to where the material is stored. Science & Business Reference staff offer service in the Reading Room is on the 5th of the John Adams Building. If you have questions you can submit a question via Ask a Librarian or you can call the Reference Desk during normal business hours.

The Reading Room is open to the public and staffed by reference librarians from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Researchers are required to have a valid Reader Identification Card in order to use access the reading rooms and request material. Thee are two locations one in the Jefferson Building (LJ-139, the former Computer Catalog Center) and (in the Madison Building (Room LM 133, Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room).

Workstations are provided and will access to the Library's online catalog and provide general access to the Internet, including a number of Internet-based subscription services. No office software is provided. Wireless access is available in the reading room and patrons are able to access the Library's subscription databases on their own devices while in the Library reading rooms, so patrons are encouraged to bring their own wireless devices.

Photocopying and printing is available in the Center. See the Library’s Copying and Printing Services page for more details.