(The following is a post by Jonathan Loar, South Asia Reference Librarian, Asian Division)
Beginning on Monday, July 12, 2021, the Library of Congress will reopen additional reading rooms for a limited number of registered readers by appointment only. This includes the African & Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic Reading Rooms in the Library’s Jefferson Building.
Registered readers must make advance appointments to use the Library’s reading rooms. Appointments are available Monday through Friday in the morning (9:30am–12:30pm) and afternoon (1:00pm–4pm). Reading rooms will provide access to registered readers by appointment between the hours of 9:30am–12:30pm and 1:00pm–4:00pm, Monday through Friday. To make appointments, please email us through Ask a Librarian or use the phone numbers below.
- African & Middle Eastern Reading Room: use Ask a Librarian or call 202-707-4188
- Asian Reading Room: use Ask a Librarian or call 202-707-5426
- European Reading Room: use Ask a Librarian or call 202-707-4515
- Hispanic Reading Room: use Ask a Librarian or call 202-707-5397
Before making an appointment, researchers should review Pandemic Information for Researchers page, including information on renewing or obtaining new Library of Congress Reader Identification Cards and the Library’s health and safety protocols.
We’re looking forward to welcoming researchers back to our reading rooms – see you soon!