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International Reading Rooms Open for Researcher Appointments Starting July 12, 2021

Starting July 12, the Library will reopen four additional reading rooms – African & Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic – for a limited number of registered readers by appointment only. This blog will guide you through the process of making advance appointments.

Road to LC’s Rio Office! Meet Paul Losch, new Field Director, Overseas Operations Office, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Library of Congress has six Overseas Offices. Meet Paul Losch, the new Field Director of the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Overseas Operations Office. His early interest in Spanish and then Portuguese led to a career in librarianship. Learn about the Office’s projects, including cooperative acquisitions and collecting materials from popular culture and grassroots organizations.

Written in Istanbul: Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy Sheets at the Library of Congress – Part 3

This blogpost introduces Ottoman Turkish calligraphic styles. This is the third installment of a three-part series that examines the various styles of Arabic calligraphy used in the Arab and Islamic world. The Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy collection is housed in the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress.

From Photographer to Printmaker: Prokudin-Gorskii’s “artistic-photomechanical” illustrations for Gogol’s folk stories

In examining an early 20th-century edition of a book of stories by Russian author Nikolai Gogol, a Library of Congress cataloger recognized another familiar name. The full-page, sepia-colored art illustrations in the book were printed by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, better known as an early innovator in color photography. The book’s past ownership invites further investigation.