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Featured Webcast: The Hispanic Reading Room celebrates its 75th anniversary and the 78th anniversary of the Handbook of Latin American Studies


The Hispanic Reading Room was designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret. It opened in 1939.


The Hispanic Reading Room serves as the primary access point for research relating to those parts of the world encompassing the geographical areas of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Iberia; 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.

Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Room LJ240
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4850 Find us
202-707-5400

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


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Latin American Studies

An annotated bibliography covering 1936 to the present.

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