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

Notice: Confirmed appointments are now required to enter Library facilities. Also, everyone needs to follow the health and safety protocols established by the Library, in consultation with public health professionals. Most of these are mandatory, regardless of vaccination status. This reading room is providing access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 am 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday. To schedule an appointment, please submit a request via Ask a Librarian or call (202) 707-5690. For more information, see:

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Appointments are available between the hours of 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday to the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room:

  • Researchers with a confirmed reading room appointment may renew or receive their reader card between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday - Saturday, on the same day as their confirmed appointment.

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
or leave a message at 202-707-5691
About the reading room
Map showing location
Monday - Friday
9:30am - 4pm
Federal Holidays.

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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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