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Hispanic Reading Room (Area Studies, Library of Congress)

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. 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. Starting on July 12, 2021, the Hispanic Reading Room will provide access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Please submit an Ask a Librarian form or call (202) 707-5397 to schedule an appointment. For details on Reading Room openings, appointments and “Know Before you Go” checklist, see:


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Thomas Jefferson Bldg (LJ240)
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4850
Phone: (202) 707-5400
Hours: Weekdays:
8:30am - 5:00pm

The Hispanic Reading Room is the primary access point for research related to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

What's New in the Hispanic Division?

New Hispanic Studies Research Guides
Research guides to the Library's Luso-Hispanic collections, as well as general subject guides prepared by reference librarians.

View ALL Hispanic Studies Research Guides

Story Maps: Visual Collection Narratives
Explore our collections through visual narratives that touch upon events that shaped the lives of communities in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the US:

On Language and Colony: A Linguistic Trajectory of Puerto Rico's Identity as the World’s Oldest Colony takes the viewer through the historical path of the island of Puerto Rico since colonization in 1493, and delves into the consequent linguistic influx in the island.

Stolen: An Indigenous Messenger's Own Account of the Aztec Conquest takes the viewer on an indigenous narrator’s journey to explore the triumphs, downfall, and history of the Aztec civilization.



Link to Handbook of Latin American Studies Handbook of Latin American Studies


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Hispanic and Portuguese Collections

Publications about the Luso-Hispanic Collections @ LC

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