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About this Blog: 4 Corners of the World

Welcome to 4 Corners of the World, a joint project of the Library’s four Area Studies reading rooms: the African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European and Hispanic Reading Rooms.

Here you will learn first-hand from expert curators and reference specialists all about the Library’s international collections. They are the largest and finest in the world with millions of items, in hundreds of different languages and scripts, which focus on societies and cultures around the globe. These collections include books, manuscripts, newspapers, magazines, films, audio recordings, and much more. There are rarities, such as cuneiform tablets dating between 2124 and 824 BC, and there are contemporary newspapers and magazines.

On this blog, you will also get the latest about our new collection acquisitions, digital initiatives, and public programs and their recorded webcasts, including lectures, concerts, book talks, film screenings, symposia, and more. All our programs are free and open to the public.

Please join us on the journey to the 4 Corners of the World!



Large metal hollow globe on a metal frame with metal orbit trails surrounding it
1964 New York World’s Fair site in Queens (detail), New York, ca. 1980-2006 (Carol Highsmith, Prints and Photographs Division)