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    Frequently asked questions

    We now have an FAQ list that we hope will help
    you answer some of the more common ones.

    1. Who is Libways?

    Libways’s primary focus from the time of commencement of its operation was on good supply practices. This mode of operation helped us to enhance the quality of our service and stay ahead of the standards and rules. Libways assures to deliver products that can withstand the wear and tear of this dynamic world, hence test the quality of product before delivering it to our clients which ensures elite quality of our products. Libways is a group who wishes to incorporate a fresh feel in the strategy of our work which can be experienced once associated with us as we take utmost care to our customers requirement before offering a product to them.

    2. How does Congress use the Library?

    Thousands of requests are received annually by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), one part of the Library that directly serves Congress. Staffed by specialists on a wide variety of topics, CRS supplies Congress with unbiased information on a wide variety of subjects. Another division of the Library that works closely with Congress is the Law Library of Congress. With collections in foreign, international and comparative law, it serves as the foreign law research arm of Congress.

    3. Who designed the Jefferson Building and how much did it cost?

    Its construction was based on a design, submitted in competition, by architects John L. Smithmeyer and Paul J. Pelz. The building cost almost $6.5 million, $213,443.40 less than expected.

    4. Why does Path to Open have a three-year delayed access period?

    This program provides an opportunity for tier 1-3 university presses to join together to support open access publishing. This is the first move into open access for many of these publishers.  Cost recovery and financial stability is critical for these not-for-profit publishers. The three-year delayed access gives publishers the ability to secure additional funding through print and direct-to-consumer sales to help ensure their future sustainability. We will be evaluating this during the pilot and through the duration of the program to measure the financial viability of this model for the publishers, and test if any adjustments can be made to the delayed open access period.

    5.How timely will MARC records be provided?

    Since this is a collection that will not change daily or even weekly, records will be provided as any new titles are added to the program and updated through OCLC once a week.

    6. Where are the books?

    Books and other materials are shelved in three buildings on Capitol Hill, our Packard Campus in Culpeper, Va. and other off-site storage facilities. All Library stacks are closed

    7. How do I find a call no. of a specific book using library catalog?

    Please enter the name of the book you require in the search fields and you will find the call no.

    8. How does the Library acquire its holdings?

    The Library receives new materials through exchange with libraries in this country and abroad, gifts, materials received from local, state and federal agencies as well as foreign governments, purchase, and copyright deposits. Thousands of items are added to the collections of the Library each working day. Selection officers review materials and decide which should be kept and added to the permanent collections. Copyright deposits make up the core of the collections, particularly those in the map, music, motion picture, and prints and photographs divisions.

    9. Are books peer reviewed?

    “Peer review” is the editorial process that scholarly articles go through before they are published in a journal. Since not all books go through the same editorial process before publication, most aren’t peer reviewed. They can be still be good scholarly sources, though.

    10. Are dogs allowed in the library?

    Animals are prohibited in library buildings except when they are needed to assist persons with disabilities.

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