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

Notice: Confirmed appointments are required for entry into Library facilities. 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. This reading room is now providing access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. To schedule an appointment, please submit a request via Ask a Librarian or call (202) 707-5690. For more information, see:

Chronicling America:



National programs:



Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.
Chronicling America, presented by the National Digital Newspaper Program. Jointly sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Headlines and Heroes (blog)

You will likely need 2 appointments to get into the Newspaper room.
(Both are in the room.)
1. A 10-min appointment to obtain/renew your library card (times available: 9-9:30am or 12:30-1pm, Mon-Fri) 
2. A 3-hr appointment for the reading room itself (times available: 9:30am-12:30pm or 1-4pm, Mon-Fri)

Both appointments can be made via phone, 202-707-5690 or Ask a Librarian. You will need a printout or screen shot from phone of your appointments to get into the building.

Newspaper Reading Room Research Orientation

101 Independence Ave. SE
Madison Building, LM-133
Washington, DC 20540-4760

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Monday - Friday
9:30am - 4pm
Federal Holidays.
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Ask a Librarian
Ask a LibrarianAsk reference staff about newspaper and current periodical collections.

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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