Ask a Reference Question

This service is designed for residents of Burlington and the Lakeshores Library System (Racine and Walworth Counties).  We will provide short factual answers to questions or provide suggestions to resources.  We may also recommend search strategies or web sites for finding the information on the Internet.  We cannot provide lengthy bibliographies nor can we provide legal, medical, tax or financial advice.  If you have a more in-depth question or lengthy research question, please come to the Reference Desk.

Service for people living outside our service area will be limited to brief genealogical or local history questions from resources unique to our collection.  General reference questions should be referred to your local library.

We will try to answer your question within one business day.  If you need a faster response, please come to the Reference Desk or use our telephone reference service at 262-342-1130.

Be sure to include your contact information in your message!

Be as specific and complete as possible regarding your question.  Tell us where you have looked.  Are you an adult?  If you are a child, what is your grade level?  Is this for a class assignment?  (Include the exact wording of the assignment if you can).  Is there a deadline date?

E-mail your question to or use the form below.