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African and Middle Eastern Reading Room (African and Middle Eastern Division)
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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.

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From left: 18th century Middle East book binding; The Washington Haggadah; Kente Cloth
From left: 18th century Middle East book binding;The Washington Haggadah;
Kente Cloth


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Location:
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building,LJ 229
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
2nd Floor Jefferson Building
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Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays &
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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.
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