Main Reading Room. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C., Carol Highsmith, photographer

Notice: As the Library of Congress gradually begins to reopen its Reading Rooms for research, we are putting safety first with new procedures and practices that protect everyone’s health. Online resources and reference services, such as Ask a Librarian, will continue to be available during this time. Starting June 1 confirmed appointments are required for entry into Library facilities, and everyone must follow the health and safety protocols established by the Library, in consultation with public health professionals (Most of these protocols are mandatory, regardless of vaccination status.) Library users do not need to make an appointment to obtain or renew a Reader Card. Users must obtain a time-ticketed pass or reading room appointment (if applicable) to come onsite to complete their reader card registration. For additional instructions, see the Pandemic Information for Researchers page.

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