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If you live near the capital of the financial services industry, your best bet is to take a train into Penn Station and get acquainted with the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL). It is on Madison Avenue at

34th Street
, a block east of the EmpireStateBuilding. ColumbiaUniversity also has an excellent resource, the Watson Library.

In Washington, D.C., you can take advantage of the Business Reference Services center at the Library of Congress,
101 Independence Avenue S.E.

Other areas boast well-regarded business libraries, although they tend to be affiliated with universities and may provide limited access to the public at large:


  • Alabama: Bruno Business Library, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • Alberta: Winspear Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Arizona: International Business Information Centre, Thunderbird, Glendale
  • Boston: Kirstein Business Library branch of the Boston Public Library
  • British Columbia: Lam Library, SauderSchool, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • California (northern): Long Business & Economics Library, UC Berkeley
  • California (central): Jackson Library, StanfordUniversity, Palo Alto
  • California (southern): Rosenfeld Library, AndersonSchool, UCLA
  • Colorado: White Library, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Florida: Business Library, University of Central Florida
  • Florida: Business Library, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Florida: Business Library, University of Miami
  • Florida: Olin Library, Rollins College
  • Georgia: Goizueta Library, EmoryUniversity, Atlanta
  • Illinois: Fisher Library, University of Chicago
  • Indiana (central): Management & Economics Library, PurdueUniversity, West Lafayette
  • Indiana (northern): MahaffeyBusinessInformationCenter, University of Notre Dame, South Bend
  • Iowa: Pomerantz Library, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Louisiana: Turchin Library, FreemanSchool, TulaneUniversity, New Orleans
  • Massachusetts: Baker Library, HarvardBusinessSchool, Boston
  • Michigan (central): Gast Library, MichiganStateUniversity, East Lansing
  • Michigan (eastern): Kresge Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Missouri: Kopolow Library, Washington University in St. Louis
  • New Hampshire: Feldberg Library, Dartmouth University, Hanover
  • New Mexico: Parish Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • New York (western): Management Library, JohnsonSchool, CornellUniversity, Ithaca
  • North Carolina: Ford Library at FuquaSchool, DukeUniversity, Durham
  • Ohio: Business Library, Fisher College, Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Ontario (central): Rotman Business Information Centre, University of Toronto
  • Ontario (western): Business Library, University of WesternOntario, London
  • Pennsylvania (eastern): Lippincott Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania (western): Business Library, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tennessee: Walker Library, OwenSchool, VanderbiltUniversity, Nashville
  • Virginia: CampLibrary, DardenSchool, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Washington: Foster Business Library, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Wisconsin: Business Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The futures exchanges themselves often have a wealth of information on their web sites, as do the regulatory agencies, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and National Futures Association (NFA).

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