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European Reading Room: European Division, Area Studies

Notice: As the Library of Congress reopens, we are putting safety first with new procedures and practices that protect everyone’s health. Confirmed appointments are required for entry into Library facilities, and everyone must follow the health and safety protocols established by the Library, in consultation with public health professionals. Most of these protocols are mandatory, regardless of vaccination status. The European Reading Room is providing access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00 – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday. To schedule an appointment, please submit a request via Ask a Librarian or call (202) 707-4515. For more information, see:

General Information
About the European Division
About the Reading Room
Calendar of Events
Frequently Asked Questions
Volunteer Internship Program
About the European Collections
An Illustrated Guide
Overviews by Country
Digital/Digitized Publications
All (by country/region)
Finding Aids
Library of Congress Catalog
E-Resources Catalog
(most available only on-site)
Newspapers, Journals, Serials
Telephone Directories
Various Subjects
Of Interest
Comintern Archives Project
Military Archives Project
Other Special Projects
Transliteration Tables

1.View of ancient Athens; 2. Western front of the Parthenon; 3. The temple of Theseus; 4. The Tower of the Winds; 5. The Choragian monument of Lysicrates; 6. Temple of Segesta in Sicily. 1851. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division,
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The European Reading Room
Thomas Jefferson Bldg, Room LJ-249
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC  20540-4830
Map showing location

Phone: (202) 707-4515
Fax: (202) 707-8482

Weekdays: 8:30am -- 5:00pm
Closed Weekends and
  Federal Holidays

* The Franco-American Revolution – Part 2
* The Franco-American Revolution – Part 1
* Early Baltic German Printers in the Lands of Present-Day Latvia
* A Cup of Tea with Trans-Siberian Railway Postcards
* “Bridgerton” and the Real Queen Charlotte
* Interview with the Library’s Russian Reference Specialist
* Thomas Mann and the Library of Congress
*Rare Srbulja from Venice in the Library of Congress
*Unlocking the Secrets of German Handwritten Documents
*The Coming Spring: Stefan Zeromski
*Secular and Spiritual Power: Notable 14th-Century Scandinavian Women
Digital Libraries
America and the Netherlands
France in America
Meeting of Frontiers
Polish Declarations of Admiration
Prokudin-Gorskii Collection
eBooks on Demand (EOD) Project
Europa: The EU Online
Europeana: Europe's Digital Library
The National Libraries of Europe
Reference Assistance & Contacts
Register for Research Orientation
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Want to send the reference staff a question about the Library's European Collections?
The European Reading Room is the primary public access point for readers and researchers seeking to use the vast European collections of the Library of Congress, including those from Russian-speaking areas of Asia. The reading room is staffed by reference librarians and area specialists from the European Division, who offer in-depth reference assistance and work with other Library of Congress units in developing collections that meet the research needs of a varied constituency. Researchers interested in Spain and Portugal should contact the Hispanic Reading Room; those interested in the United Kingdom and Ireland should consult reference librarians in the Main Reading Room. Reference assistance for Turkey is available in the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
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August 24, 2021
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