Here are the types of questions people asked librarians before Google existed.

Here are the types of questions people asked librarians before Google existed.
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Thanks to technology, you never have to look this stupid in front of a librarian.





Before you could answer any question with a 2-second Google search, you had to take your queries to your local librarian. The New York Public Library has a vast collection of cards featuring handwritten questions from curious New Yorkers dating back to the 1940s.










"Please give me the name of a book that dramatizes bedbugs?" #letmelibrarianthatforyou
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Some of the cards feature exchanges between the curious and the librarian trying to help them. Of course, this being New York City's public library, the tone can get a bit snippy.







A thought provoking question on this second day of Women's History Month: "[Question] 'What country has the highest number of honorable women?' [Answer] 'Well, it's a matter of definition, isn't it?'" #letmelibrarianthatforyou
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And some questions are just strange.

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Who indeed? "Who built the English Channel? 2/16/66." #letmelibrarianthatforyou
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Today's #letmelibrarianthatforyou question is squeaky clean: "What percent of all the bathtubs in the world are in the U.S.?"
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There are a lot more questions from the NYPL and more on Instagram under the hashtag #letmelibrarianthatforyou.

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