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Research Orientation Classes

On-demand Classes for New LOC Researchers

Formal research orientation classes, taught by reference librarians and covering many aspects of using the Library, are currently offered on an as-requested basis. Classes can be held in-person or offered as a webinar online. One-on-one consultations or group sessions can be accommodated.

These sessions serve as a basic introduction for researchers using the Library of Congress 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

To request a class, please use the request form to provide some basic information and start the arrangements.


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 to register, via the individual research center websites:


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