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Collage with Library of Congress images representing HLAS topics. 2021. Library of Congress Hispanic Section, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division.

HLAS Online Retired; HLAS Web (still) Available

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HLAS Online has existed in tandem with HLAS Web for the past decade. As part of ongoing modernization of technical infrastructure at the Library of Congress, HLAS Online will be retired on April 9th, 2024.

What does that mean for our users?
HLAS Web remains openly available online, with access to Vols 35-present (reviews of publications from the 1960s-present). Even so there are data that had been accessible through HLAS Online that will not be immediately available through HLAS Web. We have established alternative ways to access that information.

  • All data from HLAS Online is saved locally, and anyone who would like access to the essays or annotations from the first 34 volumes can request them through the Hispanic Reading Room’s Ask a Librarian.
  • All print volumes of the Handbook of Latin American Studies are available in the Hispanic Reading Room, and with a reader’s card, anyone is welcome to use these volumes. Each of the following volumes can be accessed electronically:

v. 76 (JSTOR)
v. 76 (De Gruyter)
v. 75
v. 40
v. 39
v. 38
v. 37
v. 36
v. 35
v. 34
v. 33
v. 32
v. 31
v. 30
v. 29
v. 28
v. 27
v. 26
v. 25
v. 24
v. 22
v. 14
v. 13
Author Index Nos. 1-28, 1936-1966

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HLAS Online was launched in July of 1997 and has served as the primary point of entry and search for the 300,000 Library items annotated by scholars for over 25 years. During this time, the print volumes continued, but the free online access opened the resource up to students and scholars with in Latin American and Caribbean studies around the world in a whole new way.

Discover More

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS): A Resource Guide: The Handbook of Latin American Studies is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) Story Map: Learn more about the history of the Handbook of Latin American Studies in their Story Map.

Hispanic Reading Room: Come speak to a reference librarian or use Library collection items in this important access point for researchers working on the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including the Latina/o/e/x community in the United States. Open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.

Library of Congress Research Guides: Library’s guides organized by research topic and collections – these include both online materials, and materials only available on site. The guides related to the Caribbean, Iberian, and Latin American Studies can be found here.


  1. I’m so pleased to see HLAS preserved, if in a new format on LOC. This is a tremendously important resource for Latin Americanists. It is great for undergrads and early career scholars. As a historian, it also serves as a source to trace the development of knowledge about Latin America as recognized by mostly U.S-based or consumed scholars. I intend to introduce it to students in my methods course.

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