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Prints and Photographs Division





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Woman holding up telephone receiver. Ca. 1907. Prints and Photographs Division.
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James Madison Memorial Building, 3rd floor, room LM 337

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Retrieval from storage areas stops at 4:00 p.m. Closed weekends and federal holidays.

Address: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540-4730

Telephone: 202 707-6394

Fax: 202 707-6647 (Fax inquiries are treated as letters and answered in order of receipt.)

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Access and use information for all Library of Congress reading rooms: For a brief overview on beginning research at the Library of Congress, see Planning Your Visit. To use any Library of Congress reading room, you must show a Library-issued reader identification card (see Reader Registration). For detailed explanations of each reading room and general Library procedures, consult the Library's Web site at <>.

Access and use for the Prints and Photographs Reading Room: To make full use of the collections, you must visit in person. Limited service by mail and telephone is also available. Arrangements must be made in advance:

  • when patrons expect to view more than fifteen original items from the division's collections of posters, drawings, master photographs, and fine prints (this restriction does not include documentary photographs, the bulk of the division's holdings)
  • when requesting unprocessed or fragile material requiring supervised handling
  • for visits by a class or study group
  • when the number of images required by a project will far exceed average use (e.g., when searching thousands of images for digital publication)

Information about provisions for copying images in the collections is available from the division's Reference and Copying Services document.

The Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections, and not everything in the holdings is in the public domain. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions (such as donor restrictions, privacy rights, licensing, or trademarks) when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. Staff members will attempt to inform you of restrictions when such information is available, but frequently it is not available.

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