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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Repositories, repositories

We all love to do research at home, on the couch, in our pajamas. We can do it rain or shine, day or night, as long as our Internet service is working or our phone can pick up a tower signal. Just because we have all these privileges, don’t forget the repositories!
Libraries and archives, museums and courthouses all hold materials and provide services of benefit to us, and often free! These are generally funded through taxpayer dollars, but if unused, they may disappear. Don’t let it be an oversight to you. They might be only a block or two from your home. They might even save you $10, $50, $100 over a year. You might not have to order that book on Amazon or subscribe to that online subscription. There just might be a repository near you that can provide these materials and services free of charge. As I said before, use it or lose it. The repositories need justification to provide these services, and without someone like you using the materials or services, your tax dollars may be diverted somewhere else, and you might not like it! I’m not saying give up the comfort of your sofa, just take a walk down the street and inquire what services can be found.

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