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LGBTQ+ Studies Research Guide

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LGBTQ+ Resources by Format:

Compiled by Meg Metcalf, Reference Librarian and Women's, Gender, & LGBTQ+ Studies Specialist

Update: Download a checklist (PDF 1006KB) of items shown at the June 8-10, 2017, display called “Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ voices in the Library of Congress Collections.”

This research guide serves as an introduction into the excellent collection of LGBTQ+ resources available at the Library of Congress. In addition to high profile collections like the Frank Kameny Papers, the Library also owns a number of LGBTQ+ periodicals and primary source materials. The Library provides on-site access to a number of relevant databases and electronic resources in LGBTQ+ Studies as well.

Before you visit the library here are a few tips to help you get started:

Doing Research Onsite

Users of the Library's research areas are each required to have a Reader Identification Card issued by the Library. Cards are free and can be obtained by completing a registration process and presenting a valid driver's license, state-issued identification card, or passport. Researchers must be 16 and above years of age at time of registration. For more information about how to prepare for your visit, take a look at Guidelines and Tips for Visitors.

Using the Library's Collections

In a closed stack library, such as the Library of Congress, researchers must request most materials they wish to consult. A Reader Identification Card is required to make requests in the online catalog, as well as in most reading rooms. Materials retrieved for the use of readers may be used only in assigned reading rooms or research facilities. Readers may not remove collection items from the reading room in which they were requested. Learn more about using the collections at the Library of Congress.

Searching the Library's Collections and Resources

Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to navigate the world's largest library. Knowing what materials you want before you arrive can save a lot of time and frustration. Additionally, you will want to prioritze your time with the materials that are only available on-site. Learn more about searching the Library's online catalog, view our digital collections, and see what licensed electronic resources will be available to you onsite.

Doing Research Offsite

As much as we love visitors, we know that not every researcher can make it to Washington, D.C. However, there are a number of unique resources you can access online (see "Searching the Library's Collections and Resources"). Additionally, librarians are available to assist you remotely, via the Ask A Librarian service.


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