Telephone and City Directories
Current U.S. telephone, city, and crisscross directories and current foreign
telephone directories are located in the Main
Reading Room reference collection. Print copies of older directories can
be requested in the Local History
and Genealogy Reading Room, which has the best information about what U.S.
telephone and city directories the Library holds, or in the Main Reading Room.
In addition, the Microform Reading
Room has collections of U.S. telephone directories on microfilm and microfiche,
a collection of telephone directories for New York City and neighboring areas
covering 1878-1959, and a vast collection of U.S. city directories to 1935 or
later. Public workstations in the Microform and Electronic Resources Center (LJ-139, the former Computer Catalog Center) on the first
floor of the Jefferson Building and in reading rooms throughout the Library
offer access to the Internet, which has current telephone directory information
for the U.S. and many foreign countries. Foreign city directories must be identified
through the Library's general catalogs, usually under the heading [NAME OF CITY]--DIRECTORIES.
They are housed in the general collections.
More information on locating these materials can be found in the finding guide
and City Directories in the Library of Congress. A list
of U.S. city directories on microfilm in the Microform Reading Room is also
available. Both of these resources are updated periodically.