Classes for First-time Users
Formal research orientation classes, taught by reference librarians and dealing with many aspects of using the Library, are offered regularly by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. These classes are offered on the following Mondays:
The "Research Orientation to the Library of Congress" course is designed as a basic introduction for researchers using the Library of Congress collections and resources. Each session includes an introduction to the Library's reading rooms and collections; guidelines on how to locate and request materials in a closed-stack library; suggestions on how to conduct research efficiently in the Library of Congress; instruction on how to use Library of Congress Subject Headings and other sources for searching accurately by subject; information on how to find published bibliographies and topical indexes in print and automated formats; information on using the Library's catalogs in card and online forms; procedures for finding citations to journal articles; and an overview of electronic resources, including subscription databases.
Research orientation classes are now taught on Saturdays. The Saturday orientations are themed and focus on providing researchers an opportunity to learn more about the Library, its collections, expertise, services, and programs. More information and a schedule of Saturday research orientations is available in Information for Researchers.
In addition to the regularly scheduled general research orientations, special orientations/tours can sometimes be arranged for specific classes or groups. These programs may be subject-specific depending on the interest of the group and the availability of staff. Due to staffing constraints and availability of meeting space, special orientations/tours can only be scheduled between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Use the online registration form for
special orientations to express
interest in scheduling a session.
Some Library of Congress reading rooms offer research orientations or tours specific to their collections and services. For more information about these orientations, including schedules and registration information, please visit the web pages listed below: