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Rare Book and Special Collections Division





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Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor, room LJ 239

Hours : Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed weekends and federal holidays.

Telephone: 202 707-3448

Fax: 202 707-4142

Address: Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540-4740


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Access and use information for the Rare Book Reading Room: Before using the Rare Book Reading Room, you must obtain a reader identification card and check your personal belongings in lockers. Only pencils may be used when taking notes. No self-service photocopying is permitted. Requests for photocopying materials, including xerography, microfilming, and the preparation of color transparencies, should be directed to the Library's Photoduplication Service.

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