Research Assistance

What Kinds of Questions Do We Answer?

All questions consistent with our scope of service are welcomed at any branch or via Ask a Librarian where you can ask a question online or text (404) 949-1025.  Make sure to check the hours of availability.  This is the first stop for any type of question. 

In addition to GALILEO, opens a new window, Georgia's statewide electronic research portal, the Library subscribes to premier database services in all subject areas. You can find a list of these resources on the Digital Library, opens a new window

Below is information that may meet your research needs.
Interlibrary Loan Service | CLASS (Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success) Pass | Directory Collection | Genealogy Research | Foundation Directory | Starting a Non-Profit | Finding Funding for a Non-Profit | U.S. Government Depository 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Fulton County Library System is proud to serve our patrons through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan (or ILL) is a process that allows our library system to borrow items that we do not own from other libraries and library systems.  More information about ILL.

CLASS (Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success) Pass
If you are an Atlanta Public Schools student or employee you already have access to dozens of resources, including online databases, eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, as well as hundreds of thousands of books available at libraries throughout the city of Atlanta and Fulton County through Class Pass.  Click here, opens a new window to learn more,

Directory Collection at the Central Library
A collection of directories of all kinds - advertising, financial institutions, retailers, trade associations, even campgrounds. We also keep the current Haines Criss-Cross Directory. Some of our directories are available as online databases available through GALILEO.

Genealogy Research
A patron can access HeritageQuest (a database like ancestry) https://www.ancestryheritagequest.com/HQA and Fold3 (military database) https://www.fold3.com/ remotely using the GALILEO password and your library card.  In addition patrons can ask a question in Ask a Librarian.

Foundation Directory
Unfortunately, Foundation Directory Online Professional is not available while Fulton County libraries are closed due to the pandemic. You have three other options:

Starting a Non-Profit
There are many online resources to help you get started! Try the suggestions in the blog post on Starting a Nonprofit, opens a new window. For more information, contact us at Ask-a-Librarian.

Finding Funding for a Non-Profit
There are many online resources to help you get started! Register for free access at Candid Learning (formerly Grantspace) for online training, blogs and articles on every aspect of fundraising, opens a new window.

You have free access to the Candid's Overdrive ebook collection, opens a new window. Find ebooks and audiobooks on such important funding topics as collaboration, boards, and fundraising. 

U.S. Government Information
This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the Government Documents Collection is guaranteed by public law. 

Note: Books from the government documents collection will not be available while Central Library is under renovation. Please check www.fulcolibrary.org, opens a new window for updates about Central's renovation timetable. However, thousands of government documents titles are available through the library catalog, opens a new window linked to their electronic versions. Patrons may also visit other area Federal Government Depositories, opens a new window for materials and services.

Click here, opens a new window for links to government information on popular topics.

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