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Using the Hispanic Reading Room in the Library of Congress

 

Personal Items and Security

 


Most of the Library's reading rooms restrict the type of personal belongings that researchers can bring with them. This is done to enhance the security of the Library's collections, and to ensure that an atmosphere fostering research is maintained in the reading rooms. In June 1998, the Library implemented new restrictions on the personal belongings that researchers can bring with them into the Main Reading Room. Policies differ for the various reading rooms, with some requiring that researchers store all personal items before entering the reading room. Researchers should consult the various reading room home pages for more details. A cloakrooms for researchers are provided on the ground floor of the Jefferson Building :

  • Cloakrooms are located on the Ground Floor of the Jefferson Building. The Daytime Cloakroom (at the West Entrance) is open Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Evening Cloakroom (at the Southeast Entrance) is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Bear in mind that the Hispanic Reading Room closes at 5:00 pm on all days. You may however, continue your research in other parts of the Library if those reading rooms are open. A cloakroom in the Madison Building adjacent to the Reader Registration Station in LM 140 is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturday. Wednesdays, and Thursdays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Some reading rooms (such as the Rare Book Room adjacent to the Hispanic Reading Room) also provide lockers for researchers to secure their belongings.


Individuals should limit the amount of personal property they bring into the Library. Persons entering the Library do so with the understanding that all property in their possession, including (but not limited to) suitcases, briefcases, attache cases, handbags, large envelopes, packages, and office equipment, will be inspected by the Capitol Police. There will be a similar inspection upon departure.

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