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European Reading Room: European Division, Area Studies

Notice: Beginning April 4, 2022, the European Reading Room will welcome researchers between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Appointments are optional, but encouraged. To help us better serve you, request a research appointment to ensure collection material is accessible during your visit at the Library. The Library of Congress asks all visitors to follow our COVID-19 health screening protocols, which are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Office of the Attending Physician of the U.S. Capitol. For additional instructions, see the Researcher Scheduling page.

General Information
About the European Division
About the Reading Room
Calendar of Events
Frequently Asked Questions
About the European Collections
An Illustrated Guide
Overviews by Country
Digital/Digitized Publications
All (by country/region)
Finding Aids
Library of Congress Catalog
E-Resources Catalog
(most available only on-site)
Newspapers, Journals, Serials
Telephone Directories
Various Subjects
Of Interest
Communist International (Comintern) Archives at the Library of Congress
Military Archives Project
Other Special Projects
Transliteration Tables

[Externstein, I., Detmold, Lippe, Germany]. [Between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900].
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division,
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The European Reading Room
Thomas Jefferson Bldg, Room LJ-249
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4830
Map showing location

Phone: (202) 707-4515
Fax: (202) 707-8482

Weekdays: 8:30am -- 5:00pm
Closed Weekends and
Federal Holidays

*Still Waters: German American Friendship Day and the Impact of German Immigration (September 22, 2022, post by David Morris)
*Mikis Theodorakis’ Musical Scores at the Library of Congress: A Tribute to a Greek Musical Giant (September 7, 2022, post by Nevila Pahumi)
*La Fête nationale (Bastille Day) Plans? (July 14, 2022, post by Erika Hope Spencer)
*Dante’s (Re)Birth at the Library of Congress (June 27, 2022, post by Lucia Wolf)
Digital Libraries
America and the Netherlands
France in America
Meeting of Frontiers
Polish Declarations of Admiration
Prokudin-Gorskii Collection
eBooks on Demand (EOD) Project
Europa: The EU Online
Europeana: Europe's Digital Library
The National Libraries of Europe
Reference Assistance & Contacts
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The European Reading Room is the primary public access point for readers and researchers seeking to use the vast European collections of the Library of Congress, including those from Russian-speaking areas of Asia. The reading room is staffed by reference librarians and area specialists from the European Division, who offer in-depth reference assistance and work with other Library of Congress units in developing collections that meet the research needs of a varied constituency. Researchers interested in Spain and Portugal should contact the Hispanic Reading Room; those interested in the United Kingdom and Ireland should consult reference librarians in the Main Reading Room. Reference assistance for Turkey is available in the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
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January 27, 2023
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