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How do I have get an answer to my question about the history of Tacoma and the south Puget Sound region?

NW-WebReference is the Tacoma Public Library's online information service. Along with the telephone, this is another way to ask and receive answers to your questions from the staff of the Library's Northwest Room and Special Collections. Your email question, as with all reference questions, will be treated with the strictest confidence.  Email us here.

I have a general reference question. Where do I go for help?
Learn more about our general WebReference service here. You may also telephone the Library's Telephone Reference at (253) 292-2001.

Who may use this service?
Anyone. Anywhere. You don't need to have a Tacoma Public Library card.

What kind of questions can I ask?
This service is designed for specific questions about the history of Tacoma and the south Puget Sound which can be answered with brief, factual answers. For answers to more complex questions, or research assistance, please visit the Northwest Room at Tacoma's downtown Main Library located at 1102 Tacoma Avenue South.

When will my question be answered?
Library staff will do their best to answer your question, or suggest how you can further pursue your question, within 24 hours (one business day - excluding weekends and holidays). However, some questions may require more time. If clarification is needed about your question, the process may take a little longer.

What's the best way to ask a question?
To help us answer your question correctly, please be as specific as possible in your request. Provide us with as many details as possible: who, what, where, when. Telling us WHY will also be very helpful (though it's not necessary). It is helpful to tell us if you have a deadline.

You can get answers to your questions from the Northwest Room staff by telephoning (253) 292-2001  Ext. 1605.

Last Updated 02.01.2012