General Classes for First-time Users
Formal research orientation classes, taught by reference librarians and dealing with many aspects of using the Library, are offered regularly by the Library of Congress. In addition to the general “Research Orientation to the Library of Congress” course, several Library of Congress reading rooms offer research orientations or tours specific to their collections and services.
This course serves as a basic introduction for researchers using the Library's collections and resources. Each session includes:
- an introduction to the Library's reading rooms and collections
- guidelines on how to locate and request materials in a closed-stack library
- suggestions on how to conduct research efficiently in the Library of Congress
- instructions on how to use Library of Congress Subject Headings and other sources for searching accurately by subject
- information on how to find published bibliographies and topical indexes in print and automated formats
- an overview of electronic resources, including subscription databases
Targeted Classes, Tours, and Orientations
Many of the Library's research centers provide specialized classes, tours, and orientations, as well as processes for requesting special tours for groups (e.g., class of college students).
Use the links below for more information on these sessions and how to register on these research center websites: