If you think most of our book collections
are in English, you're wrong. About half of these volumes
are in other languages. For many areas of the world, such
as China, Russia and Latin America, the Library's collections
are the finest and most comprehensive outside the country
The depth, breadth and variety of our collections in hundreds
of languages attract scholars from all over the world. Scholars,
students and other members of the public who come to Washington
can take advantage of these resources in the Asian,
Hispanic, European, and African and Middle Eastern reading
rooms, as well as
consult with our expert reference staff. Materials from outside the United States
can also be found in other special-format reading rooms, from maps, atlases and
musical manuscripts to rare books, films and sound recordings.
Also, specially appointed scholars use our John W. Kluge
they may use our collections and share their wisdom with
government policymakers and the public.
If you can't travel to Washington, you can access a rich
selection of the Library's collections and services, including
its complete catalog, on our Web site.