About the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading
Room (Acerca de la sala de lectura)
Current periodicals: Approximately 70,000
titles are retained for 18 to 24 months. (Older materials
are bound or on microfilm and stored in the Adams and Jefferson
Newspapers: Approximately 350 domestic
and 1070 foreign titles are retained on a permanent basis.
The collection includes loose papers, microfilm, microprint,
and bound volumes. Most newspapers in non-Roman alphabets
are not available in this reading room, but are in area studies
Government documents: The collection includes
current serial publications of U.S. federal, state and local
governments, foreign governments, and international organizations.
It also includes the U.S. Federal Depository Collection (1993+),
and the U.N. document collection (1945/46+).
These collections are all housed in closed stacks.
|Room LM-133 in the James Madison Memorial Building (entrance
on Independence Avenue, between First and Second Streets, S.E.,
Washington, DC 20540-5590).
|| Mon, Wed, Thurs: 8:30 am to 9:30
pm (submit requests before 7:30 pm)
Tue, Fri, Sat: 8:30 am to 5:00
pm (submit requests before 4:00 pm)
Closed federal holidays
|Library of Congress Reader Registration photo ID card (may
be obtained in room LM-140 of the Madison Building only).
|Capitol South Station (Blue and Orange Lines),
on the corner of 1st & C St., SE (see map)
|On-street only, 2-hour limit
| 1. Complete a call slip.
2. Write only one title on each call slip. Multiple issues of the same
title may be requested on the same call slip. 3. Select a desk in the
study area and enter the number on the call slip,
4. Submit call slips at circulation desk,
5. The Library of Congress Reader Registration ID must be presented
with each request.
6. To insure all readers an equal opportunity of service, each person may
request a maximum of six titles at a time, depending on day, time,
and workflow. See call slip maximums posted at the circulation desk.
7. Average delivery time 30-45 minutes. Materials will be delivered to
8. Items needed for further study may be placed on the RESERVE SHELF for
three days (with a YELLOW bookmark reserve form).
| 1. Periodicals: Library of Congress Catalog.
Indexes: Consult reference librarian
for most useful indexes in our reference collection or
for indexes on microform, electronic
research tools, or the Library of Congress Catalog.
a. Newspapers Currently Received by the Library
b. Chronological Index of Newspapers (US). 11 vols., 1801-1967;
Lists of US Newspapers in Microform... 1940-1989;
d. Check-List of Foreign Newspapers and Supplement;
e. 17th & 18th Century Foreign Newspapers;
f. 17th & 18th Century
US Newspapers in the Library of Congress;
g. Newspaper microfilm files at circulation desk.
Indexes: Bound subject indexes in the
reference collection. Full text on ProQuest for some newspapers.
See Full Text Newspapers & Journals Available Inside the Library for what is available.
3. Government Documents: Catalog of
U.S. Government Documents (GPO
on FirstSearch) ; Access
UN. See also printed indexes in reference collection.
1. NO materials may be removed from the Reading Room.
2. From original material: Use copying machines in the Reading Room. (Note: Bound newspapers may not be photocopied).
3. From microfilm or microfiche: Microform copiers available in the Reading Room.
4. Copycard vending machine available in Reading Room.
See the Library’s Copying and Printing Services page for more details.
1. Reference assistance via the Web (Ask
2. Reference assistance by voice mail: 202-707-5691
(newspapers, periodicals, government documents). Open 24 hrs. We try
and answer all questions within 24 hrs.
3. Reference assistance is also available in person in the
4. Submit call slips and request help with malfunctioning copiers, printers,
and computers at the circulation desk.
| 1. Please return periodicals, newspapers, and government
documents to the designated areas in the Reading Room.
2. Please see other fact
sheets for more information about a particular type of material in
this Reading Room.
3. Printed author, title, and subject indexes to our reference collection
are located on the consulting stand next to the reference collection.
4. It is a violation of Federal Law and punishable by fine and/or imprisonment
to steal or willfully damage or destroy Library books or other Library
property [18 but USC 641; 18 USC 1361; 18 USC 2071; 22 D.C. Code 3106].