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
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
Newspaper Reading Room Research Orientation
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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
books (over 7,000 titles) and government publications (1 million items).