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Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (Serial and Government Publications Division)

Notice: The Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-8:30pm, and Friday and Saturday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Appointments are no longer required; however researchers are encouraged to speak with reference staff to ensure the materials needed are available, as many collections are stored off-site and require advanced notice for retrieval. To consult with a reference librarian, please call the reading room at (202) 707-5690 or submit an Ask-a-Librarian form. If you'd like to book an (optional) appointment, click here.
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Reading Room Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am-8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Reader Registration:
Researchers may apply, renew, and receive a Reader ID Card at LM-133
Monday - Saturday: 8:30am-4:30pm

If you have additional questions, please contact us via Ask a Librarian or call the reference desk at
(202) 707-5690.

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101 Independence Ave. SE
Madison Building, LM-133
Washington, DC 20540-4760
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The Serial & Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in US newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-US titles, it is the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the Division also has extensive collections of current periodicals (70,000 titles) comic books (over 7,000 titles) and government publications (1 million items).

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