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Research Center Prints and Photographs Reading Room

Location & Contact Information

plan view of James Madison Building 3rd floor with room names and numbers identified
Third floor James Madison Memorial Building - Library of Congress

Prints & Photographs Reading Room

James Madison Memorial Building, LM 337
First St and Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4730

Public Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.


The Capitol South station on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines is the closest stop to the Madison Building.


Email reference queries may be sent to the Prints & Photographs Reading Room by using Ask a Librarian


Phone is staffed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Mail can be sent to the address below. Please note, however, that US Postal Service mail delivery to Capitol Hill may experience significant delays due to security protocols. For the most prompt response, please contact us through Ask a Librarian.

Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
P&P mail stop, 4730
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4730


Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
James Madison Building, LM 337
Washington, DC 20540-4650
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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.