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The Asian Reading Room provides public access to more than 4 million items in over 130 Asian languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Hindi, Thai, and many others. In the reading room, researchers can use the Asian Divisionís collections of printed materials, microform, and databases and confer with reference librarians to answer research questions about the countries of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

Researchers interested in maps of Asian countries should contact the Geography and Map Reading Room; those interested in Western language newspapers from Asia should contact the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room; and those interested in law should contact the Law Library.

General Information: For the most efficient reader services, please use the Asian Division's Ask-A-Librarian form to make your request for materials at least two business days before you get to the Asian Reading Room.

Upcoming Asian Reading Room Research Orientation

1860 View of the United States Capitol
Location: 10 First Street, SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 150
Washington, DC 20540-4810
Telephone: (202) 707-5426

Metro Stop: Capitol South on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines

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Weekdays: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Federal Holidays


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  July 9, 2019
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