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Area Studies Collections

INTRODUCTION

USING AREA STUDIES COLLECTIONS

CASE STUDIES: AMERICAN JEWISH WOMEN AND LATINAS

CONCLUSION

AREA STUDIES EXTERNAL SITES

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VISIT/CONTACT

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 <http://www.loc.gov/rr>.

HOW TO ACCESS FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MATERIAL IN AREA STUDIES READING ROOMS

African & Middle Eastern Division (AMED) Reading Room

Thomas Jefferson Building
2nd floor, room LJ 220
Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tel: 202 707-4188
Fax: 202 252-3180
Address: Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4820
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: <http://www.loc.gov/rr/amed>

African Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
Sub-Saharan Africa (African American reference services are available in the Main Reading Room).
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Chichewa, French, Kinyarwanda, Malagasy, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Portuguese, Rundi, Somali, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu, and other languages of sub-Saharan Africa.
BOOKS
Africana books in all languages are part of the General Collections and may be requested for use in the AMED Reading Room, Main Reading Room, or Science and Business Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Current unbound periodicals must be requested and used in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room. Bound periodicals are part of the General Collections and may be requested for use in the AMED Reading Room, Main Reading Room, or Science and Business Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in all languages must be requested and used in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform for Africana must be requested and used in the Microform Reading Room.
SPECIAL MATERIALS
With some exceptions, special materials such as photographs, sound recordings, and films, are in special-collections reading rooms. They are available subject to the hours and restrictions of those reading rooms.

Hebraic Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
Israel, Ancient Near East, Diaspora Jewry
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic, languages of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
BOOKS
Books and manuscripts in Hebrew script and related vernacular languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Periodicals in Hebrew script and related languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in Hebrew script and related languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform in Hebrew script and related languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.

Near Eastern Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
Islam, Arab World (including North Africa), Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Malta, Central Asia, Caucasus.
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Thirty-five languages, primarily Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Armenian, Georgian.
BOOKS
Books and manuscripts in Arabic script and related vernacular languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Periodicals in Arabic script and related vernacular languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in Arabic script and related vernacular languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform in Arabic script and related languages must be requested and used in the AMED Reading Room.

Asian Division (AD)

Reading Room
Thomas Jefferson Building
lst floor, room LJ150
Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tel: 202 707-5426
Fax: 202 707-1724
Address: Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4810
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: <http://www.loc.gov/rr/asian>

Chinese Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
South Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to China, Korea, and Japan.
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Chinese, Manchu, Mongol, Moso (Naxi).
BOOKS
Books and manuscripts in Chinese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Periodicals in Chinese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in Chinese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform in Chinese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
SPECIAL MATERIALS
With some exceptions, special materials such as photographs, sound recordings, and films, are in special-collections reading rooms. They are available subject to the hours and restrictions of those reading rooms.

Japanese Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
Japan.
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Japanese.
Books and manuscripts in Japanese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Periodicals in Japanese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in Japanese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform in Japanese script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.

Korean Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
Korea.
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Korean.
BOOKS
Books and manuscripts in Korean script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Periodicals in Korean script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in Korean script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform in Korean script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.

Southern Asian Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
South and Southeast Asia.
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Languages of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, Tibet, Vietnam, Pacific Islands.
BOOKS
Books and manuscripts in South Asian scripts must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Periodicals in South Asian scripts must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in South Asian scripts must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform in South Asian scripts must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.

Tibetan Section

REFERENCE SERVICES
Tibet.
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Tibetan.
BOOKS
Books and manuscripts in Tibetan script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Periodicals in Tibetan script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers in Tibetan script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform in Tibetan script must be requested and used in the AD Reading Room.

European Division (EUR) Reading Room

Thomas Jefferson Building
2nd floor, room LJ 250
Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tel: 202 707-4515
Fax: 202 707-8482
Address: Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4830
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: <http://www.loc.gov/rr/european>

REFERENCE SERVICES
Europe (Reference services for the United Kingdom and Ireland are available in the Main Reading Room. Luso-Hispanic reference services are available in the Hispanic Reading Room).
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Czech and Slovak, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic and Faroese, Italian, Polish, and Russian, South Slavic, and Ukrainian.
BOOKS
Books in all languages are part of the General Collections. They may be requested for use in the European Reading Room, Main Reading Room, or Science and Business Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Current unbound periodicals except for those in Russian/Slavic languages must be requested and used in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room. Bound periodicals are part of the General Collections and may be requested for use in the EUR Reading Room, Main Reading Room, or Science and Business Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers except for those in Russian/Slavic languages must be requested and used in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform material in all languages must be requested and used in the Microform Reading Room.
SPECIAL MATERIALS
With some exceptions, special materials such as photographs, sound recordings, and films, are in special-collections reading rooms. They are available subject to the hours and restrictions of those reading rooms.

Hispanic Division (HISP) Reading Room

Thomas Jefferson Building
2nd floor, room LJ 240
Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tel: 202 707-5397
Fax: 202 707-2005
Address: Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4850
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: <http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic>

REFERENCE SERVICES
Caribbean, Latin America, Iberia; Latinos in the United States; peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, Oceania; peoples influenced by Luso-Hispanic culture.
LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS
Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Arabic, German, Catalan, Galician.
BOOKS
Books in all languages are part of the General Collections and may be requested for use in the Hispanic Reading Room, Main Reading Room, or Science and Business Reading Room.
PERIODICALS
Current unbound periodicals in all languages must be requested and used in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room. Bound periodicals are part of the General Collections and may be requested for use in the HISP Reading Room, Main Reading Room, or Science and Business Reading Room.
NEWSPAPERS
Luso-Hispanic and Caribbean newspapers must be requested and used in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room.
MICROFORM MATERIAL
Microform material in all languages must be requested and used in the Microform Reading Room.
SPECIAL MATERIALS
With some exceptions, special materials such as photographs, sound recordings, and films are in special-collections reading rooms. They are available subject to the hours and restrictions of those reading rooms.

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