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Research Center Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room

Current Periodicals

The current periodical collection consists of more than 55,000 scholarly journal and magazine titles covering all subjects. In general, "current" refers to print issues published within the last two years. Print periodical issues older than this undergo hardcover binding or microfilming, are sent to the General Collections, and are accessible by request in the Jefferson or Adams reading rooms. The Library also subscribes to an array of digital periodical databases. Reference staff can help determine which format is available based on the periodical title and date(s) of issue you need.

Access: Request print periodicals at the circulation desk by filling out a call slip, indicating the title and date(s) or issue number(s). Delivery time is generally within 30 minutes. Selected titles are immediately available to browse. Periodicals in digital format are accessible through databases in the Library of Congress E-Resources Catalog at the public computer terminals (or your own device).

For more detailed information about the reading room's current periodical collections, please see the following research guide:

Current Periodical Collections at the Library of Congress

This guide provides an introduction to the periodical collections available in the Library of Congress Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room.


Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
James Madison Building, LM 133
Washington, DC 20540-4810
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Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays & Federal Holidays

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