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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 - Friday. To schedule an appointment, please submit a request via Ask a Librarian or call 202-707-3448. For more information, see:

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Relacion de las los Indios de la provencia de Mechoacan

From the Jay I. Kislak Collection

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Paul Avrich Anarchism Collection, 1890-2006

Paul Avrich Collection

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Mme. Begué and her recipes; old Creole cookery.

Katherine Bitting Golden Collection

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Joseph Meredith Toner Collection at the Library of Congress


  101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4740
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* Final book requests at 4:15pm
Closed Sat/Sun & Federal holidays

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Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

Now on exhibition, the celebrated blood hounds. Hero and spot. the monster blood hound hero ... Don't fail to see them!.

The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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  September 14, 2021
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