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Public Libraries

All of the materials in this section on resources are available in public libraries. You’ll be able to read local newspapers here, pick up copies of free local weeklies and shoppers, and look at announcements for community activities. Most libraries offer Internet access, often with direct links to local resources.

Should you have any trouble finding or using any of the materials in the library, the librarians will be happy to help you if you ask them nicely, and especially if you come at a slow time. Most libraries have consumer information collections, books on getting the most value for your dollar, and free consumer-oriented publications and pamphlets. In addition, if you need to deal with a local governmental body, the library will often be the best first stop to send you in the right direction.

The public library is simply your best source for information about practically anything. Visit it just to familiarize yourself with the facilities. Become a member and learn how to access the library’s resources online. If the library offers an orientation lecture, take it as soon as you can.

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