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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.

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Because of the closure of our reading room, we can no longer accept advance requests. All offsite material has been returned to storage.

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

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Closed until further notice.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30am - 9:30pm
(Request materials until 8 pm)
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday:
8:30am - 5:00pm
(Request materials until 4pm)
Closed Sundays &
Federal Holidays.
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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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