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Library services fills a variety of member information needs.

AICPA members can be justly proud of their library. It's one of the most comprehensive accounting and auditing libraries in the world, with nearly 29,000 books and bound journals, 77,000 pamphlets and 1,300 periodical titles. There is an impressive collection of annual reports from 1978 to 1990 on microfiche and 10Ks and annual reports since 1990 on a CD-ROM product. Subject coverage of the library goes beyond accounting, auditing and taxation to include extensive coverage of general and financial management, international business and information and statistics on a number of industry groups.

Karen Neloms, director of library services, says, "We have a wealth of information here. Members should realize it's their library and we're here to help them. " Many members do call on their library for assistance.

Requests answered recently included locating sample financial statements for a country club; finding the value of chickens in Delaware from 1986 to 1988; locating information on how to organize a tax-exempt entity; and providing a suggested list of books for an accountant's office.

On average, the library lends more than 15,000 publications each year and answers 28,000 telephone requests. It also welcomes an average of 50 researchers a day.

Many ways to help The library uses a number of information delivery techniques designed to assist AICPA members. Toll-free numbers make it attractive to call for assistance. Neloms says the turnaround time is "pretty quick," normally the next day.

* Books and articles. Members may borrow books in person or by mail or request copies of periodical articles. Delivery by overnight mail or fax is also available.

* Bibliographies. The library also can provide lists of books or articles on specific topics from which a member can select materials to borrow or be copied.

Tax material Members in the area come to the library to use the wide array of tax services available. The library does not provide tax research, but it can supply practitioners with copies of revenue rulings, letter rulings, tax court cases and tax forms. Available forms include current and obsolete federal and state income tax forms for individuals, partnerships, businesses, estates and nonprofit organizations.

Research assistance

The library conducts searches for members using its own database, the Accountants' Index, which is an index to books and over 300 significant journals in the library's collection. Other on-line systems to which the library has access include LEXIS, NEXIS, Dow-iones and DIALOG. These services provide access to hundreds of databases containing full-text newspaper and journal files, financial information, legal material and general business information.

Keep in touch

Neloms notes the library will remain at 1211 Avenue of the Americas when many AICPA departments move to New Jersey in the summer of 1992. However, it will move to new quarters on the concourse level of the building. For more information and copies of the library's price schedule and library guide, members may call (800) 223-4155 [(800) 522-5434 in New York State].
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Title Annotation:American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Date:May 1, 1992
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