and Research Orientations
Onsite Orientations at the Library of Congress
Orientation classes, taught by
reference librarians, are offered regularly. The "Resources
for Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress" course is
designed as a basic introduction for genealogical researchers
using the Library
of Congress collections and is taught on select Wednesday mornings and Saturdays. Each session includes an introduction
to genealogical research: what it is and what it involves; the Local History and Genealogy resources and collections:
compiled family histories, local histories, city directories,
books, the reference collection, how to search the Library's online
catalog, and an overview of automated resources on the Internet.
How to locate published census schedules and indexes, ship passenger
lists, military service and pension records, military lists and
registers, cemetery records, church records and registers, court
records, land records, and registers of births will be included.
orientation classes are offered by the Local History and Genealogy
reference staff on the following Wednesday mornings.
Individuals requiring accommodations for any of these events are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].
Orientation sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Research orientation sessions are held in
Main Reading Room, LJ-100 of the Thomas
Jefferson Building. For additional information, or
to register for a class, call the Local History and Genealogy section at (202) 707-3399 Monday-Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00
Please come to the Library by 9:30 a.m. to apply for a Reader
Registration Card (picture identification required). The Reader
Registration Station is located in Room LM 140 on the first
floor of the Madison Building, near the Independence Avenue
entrance. The Madison Building can also be entered on the ground
floor through the C Street SE entrance.
Anyone who has questions about the Library's services to genealogists should call the Local History & Genealogy section at 202-707-3399 or contact us via Ask a Librarian.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Division also periodically offers
a 90-minute research orientation for first-time users. This course
is a general introduction to the Library of Congress collections
Online video research orientations by Local History & Genealogy reference specialists:
Additional Research Orientation Classes
In addition to Saturday orientations, 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: