Let your cursor do the walking

by googler@evpl on Wednesday, June 10 2009, 8:55am. Viewed 1,084 times.

phone book imageCentral Library discontinued its collection of most out-of-state phone books last year, because the Reference USA database contains more up-to-date information than the books did (mostly because we didn't always get the most recent phonebooks in a timely manner). And we still enthusiastically use and recommend the database for its highly versatile searching.

But people do miss the browsability of the actual books -- being able to see listings in an alphabetical sequence, being able to compare yellow page ads. So we were happy when a colleague in the Library's adminstrative offices pointed out an online version of all the AT&T phonebooks that allows users to do just that.

The "RealPages" at AT&T allow you to search by keyword and browse by category. They provide seperate tabs for the business, residence, yellow page, and government sections (and the community guide section). It's fast, easy to use, and actually kind of fun to navigate. They even show the cover of the phonebook so you can verify how recent the edition is.

The phone company is not known for giving stuff away for free -- take advantage of this resource!

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on Wednesday, June 10 2009, 3:44pm

I checked this site out, but there were a number of states without phone books.  You might want to try www.switchboard.com if you don't find what you are looking for here.  I use switchboard frequently and have been please with the results.

googler@evpl wrote
on Thursday, June 11 2009, 12:23pm

Switchboard.com was the go-to site for us, too, before we got Reference USA. Now, I'd have to say that Reference USA beats out any website for search options, size, and accuracy. The only thing it doesn't have is the visual browsability that RealPages has.