Ask A Librarian: DC Library
Can Hopkins affiliates use the Library of Congress?
The Library of Congress (LC) is one of the world's largest libraries. Located in Washington, DC,it is most useful as a supplement to research begun at the JH Libraries.LC has a vast collection of databases and e-resources, most of which are accessible in person only, at the Library.
Formal research orientation classes are offered regularly by librarians in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of LC.
Accessing LC Collections
If you have questions, please speak to one of the the librarians at the Sheridan Library DC for guidance before your trip.
- Visiting researchers should first apply for a Reader Identification card (online form)
- Madison Building (Reader Registration Office): 101 Independence Ave. SE | 202-707-8000
- Jefferson Building (site of Main Reading Room): 10 First St. SE
- The closest Metro station to LC is Capitol South at 355 First St. SE (blue/orange/silver line)
LC's area studies librarians are scholars in their respective areas and can serve as a vital resources for difficult-to-find materials. LC also also has other specialized collections with unique support for researchers. See Research and Reference Services for more information.