Notice: Beginning April 4, 2022, the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room will welcome researchers between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Appointments are optional, but encouraged to serve you best, ensure requested African and Middle Eastern collection items are accessible onsite during your visit, and optimize your time at the Library. Request a research appointment here. The Library of Congress asks all visitors to follow our COVID-19 health screening protocols, which are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Office of the Attending Physician of the U.S. Capitol. For additional appointment instructions, see the Researcher Scheduling page.
Want to ask our reference staff a question about the
African and Middle Eastern collections?
AMED offers group briefings and research orientations onsite and online. We request that appointments be made at least 3 weeks in advance. Please contact AMED via Ask a Librarian.
From left: 18th century
Middle East book binding;The
Of Special Interest:
- Reading Room Collection Display: "Religious and Cultural Diversity in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia" (More information)
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 229
Washington, D.C. 20540-4820
2nd Floor Jefferson Building
Monday - Friday:
8:30am - 5:00pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays &
|The African & Middle Eastern Reading Room is the primary
public access point for materials housed in the the African and Middle
Eastern Division (AMED) which include a variety of vernacular scripts,
such as Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish,
and Yiddish. Covering 77 countries from Morocco to Southern
Africa to the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, the
division's three sections--African, Hebraic, and Near East--offer in-depth
reference assistance, provide substantive briefings on a wide range of
subjects relating to these languages and cultures, produce guides to
the Library's vast resources and cooperate in developing and preserving
the Division's unparalleled collections.