· Before traveling to a library, confirm its hours of operation; likewise, check on their dollar-change-making (and photocopying) equipment and policy.
· When you first arrive at a library, solicit staff help to locate their family history holdings and to learn their cataloging system. Most family history books follow Dewey Decimal convention (929.2); most family history books are non-circulating.
· Be aware that some facilities are linked, electronically (i.e. share a computerized catalog of each other's holdings -- e.g., the Brevard County Public Library System).
Consider invoking the ECFGS Co-op Research Assistance Policy (see below) in lieu of travel to distant libriaries -- and in lieu of asking library staff to send photocopies to you.
Research Assistance Policy
The member societies of the ECFGSC have agreed to provide assistance to researchers from fellow-member societies, at a nominal fee, according to the following rules:
· Minimum charge = $2 (covers labor and first 5 photocopies)
· Additional copies = 10 cents per sheet (plus additional postage, as necessary for the additional sheets).
· Research request must be as specific as possible.
· Request must be accompanied by an SASE (Self-addressed, Stamped Envelope).
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Last updated on 5 August 2005