Errr... that's not our library

I wonder if this is a common problem at libraries.

The contact forms from our library’s website come to my inbox. With a name like Madison-Jefferson County Public Library we receive a lot of questions destined for other libraries.

I’ve received numerous requests from central Virginia for books and information. Central Virginia? Yes, they’re looking for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Charlottesville.

I received a request from Madison, Wisconsin, on what they needed to register to vote. I forwarded them to the Madison Public Library and the city of Madison voter registration clerk.

We regularly get genealogy questions for Madison County, Indiana, which is actually in the bailiwick of the Anderson Public Library.

Today, however, took the cake.

I received a form from a person living in southern California (according to their phone number) wanting to find the debates between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison on the framing of the constitution of the United States of America.

Why in the world would someone from California be asking us this question? Why not their local library?

I’m ashamed to say it took me a few minutes to realize the obvious. The person contacted us because we’re the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library.

(Yes, I did send some helpful links)