who are coming from outside the metropolitan Washington D.C. area
may request that materials from the general collections be retrieved
in advance of their visit. Readers should first identify needed
materials by searching the
Library's online catalog.
Advance reserve requests may then be submitted via the Collections
Access, Loan and Management (CALM) Division's Ask
A Librarian webform.
(Catalog records describing materials from the general collections
will bear the notation "Request
Jefferson or Adams Bldg General or Area Studies Reading Rms").
Be sure to specify the author, title, and call number of each
item requested. It is recommended that researchers travelling to
Washington D.C. from
within the U.S. submit advance reserve requests at least one week
prior to their arrival; researchers coming from outside the U.S.
should submit their requests at least two weeks in advance.
The Library also offers a special advance
retrieval service for any researcher needing to review a large
number of volumes from the general collections (for example, dozens
of books on a single topic, or the entire run of a particular journal
or magazine). Researchers should
submit such requests via the CALM Division's Ask
A Librarian webform. For more information on these services,
consult the CALM Division's Advance
Reserves web page.