Notice: Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress research centers will be closed to the public (including researchers and others with reader identification cards) until further notice, to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. All Library-sponsored public programs are also postponed or cancelled through May 11. Online resources and reference services, such as Ask a Librarian, will continue to be available during this time. For more information, see: www.loc.gov/coronavirus.
Reading Room Collections:
Chronicling America, presented by the National Digital Newspaper Program. Jointly sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Headlines and Heroes (blog)
Because of the closure of our reading room, we
can no longer accept advance requests. All off-site material has been
returned, to be housed under the best storage conditions possible.
Newspaper Reading Room Research Orientation
or leave a message at
About the reading room
101 Independence Ave. SE
Madison Building, LM-133
Washington, DC 20540-4760
Map showing location
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:
8:30am - 9:30pm
(Request materials until 8 pm)
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday:
8:30am - 5:00pm
(Request materials until 4pm)
Closed Sundays &
Calendar of Events
Ask reference staff about newspaper and current
The Serial &Government
Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive
newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in US
newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering
the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-US titles, it is the largest collection
of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the
Division also has extensive collections of current periodicals (70,000
books (over 7,000 titles) and government publications (1 million items).