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Research Center European Reading Room

About this Reading Room

The European Reading Room should be the starting point for readers and researchers whose interest relates to European countries, including the Russian-speaking areas of Asia, but excluding Spain, Portugal, and the British Isles.

The European Reading Room is staffed by multilingual reference specialists who can direct patrons to the materials they need and answer reference questions related to the Library of Congress European collections.  In the European Reading Room, patrons may consult a sizable print reference collection, access the catalog of the Library of Congress, and have books and bound periodicals from the general collections delivered for their use to in the Reading Room. The Reading Room provides access to current, unbound Slavic and Baltic periodicals newspapers and Slavic and Baltic newspapers on microfilm as well as select collections of ephemera and microfilm.  Reading Room staff members are able to assist patrons with the use of digitized and digital onsite-only materials available through Library systems, ranging from newspapers and books to restricted-access web archives.


Library of Congress
10 First Street, SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 249
Washington, DC 20540-4830
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Public Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays & Sundays & Federal Holidays

Reader Registration (Rm. LM 133)
Monday through Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.