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STL Special Library Spotlight: The Federal Reserve July 3, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.

Our visit to this library was unique in several ways. We were required to pass through heavy security, including metal detectors which had not been the case at any other library. The library had recently moved, so we were able to see the old space as well as the new space. That was interesting in itself because of the differences in size, space usage, and design.

The library mainly serves the economists that work at the St. Louis Federal Reserve location, but has a impressive public outreach through several websites that seem very user friendly. The most interesting aspect of this library for me was its role in creating information that it then feeds to the user community.

The collection has a heavy emphasis on economic and financial materials, but also contains a larger amount of census documents, congressional hearings in paper form, a vast pamphlet collection, and archival materials that span the history of the Fed. It is currently digitizing many historical documents and will soon make them available via the Internet.

I found this to be a very interesting library because of its narrow emphasis on economic information and its role in creating and dispensing usable information.  KH.


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