Reference Services in Science, Technology and Business


To provide general and specialized reference, bibliographic and online services based on the Library's holdings in science, technology and business. In science and technology, these include over 3.8 million scientific, technical, and medical books, 61,500 serial titles, plus more than 5 million technical reports and standards. In business, there are over 1 million books and 74,000 serial titles. More than 45 subscription databases for science and business are also available.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/05/2005 (This program is not the domestic assistance type required to be listed in the CFDA.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2002, Science, Technology and Business staff compiled finding aids and performed direct reference services in person, by correspondence, by electronic mail, and by telephone. The staff also prepared exhibits, public lectures, and symposia. Approximately 67,148 direct reference services were provided.
2 U.S.C. 136.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Use of the Library is free and admission to its reading rooms is permitted with a reader registration card issued by the Library. Reference services for those working in the fields of science, technology, or business are available to organizations and agencies, or to individuals over high school age.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
All persons requiring access to any of the reading rooms, whether or not they are requesting items from the collections, must register and acquire a Library-issued user card.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Walk-in service, telephone, written or electronic requests. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
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Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Research and reader services are provided to users in person, by telephone, by correspondence and electronically. Further reference assistance is provided through bibilographic guides and research reports prepared by division reference librarians.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Science, Technology, and Business Division (reference services), Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-4750. Telephone assistance is provided through the Reference Referral Service: (202) 707-5522. FAX: (202) 707-1925.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 02 $2,325,000; FY 03 est $2,400,000; and FY 04 est $2,475,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Available free upon request from headquarters office listed below, are literature searching guides on specific topics of current interest in the series "LC Science Tracer Bullet." Additional indexes, bibliographies, and guides are found at for Science and Technology, and for Business.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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