Our collections are the largest in the world and represent a wide variety of physical formats and languages. Library of Congress staff are able to help you identify and request materials in general and specialized reading rooms. Anyone 16 years or older can come in to use the Library (learn more about how to obtain a free Reader Identification Card). We invite you to explore our resources, both online and at the Library.
Many resources can be found by searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog. To locate reading rooms and librarians who can help with your research, see the list of reference and research areas below. Each reading room has a web page and introductory materials. General and specialized orientations are also available. And you can always ask a librarian by selecting the "question mark" icon on each reading room's home page or by selecting the reading room's icon below.
Books, pamphlets, journals, newspapers and other serial publications.
More than 470 languages are represented in the Library's global collections.
SPECIAL FORMAT COLLECTIONS
Photographs, maps, music, sound, film, manuscripts, and other media.
If you still need help after consulting these pages, please contact us using Ask a Librarian, so we can help point you in the right direction!