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Asian Reading Room (Area Studies, Asian Division)
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Location: 101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 150
Washington, DC 20540-4810
Telephone: (202) 707-3766, 5426
Fax: (202) 252-3336
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Weekdays & Sat.: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Closed Sunday & Federal Holidays


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The Asian Reading Room is the primary public access point for researchers seeking to use the Asian collections of the Library of Congress in the many languages of Asia. The reading room covers the area from the South Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. With over 2.8 million books, periodicals and newspapers, a large number of manuscripts, and electronic media, the collections are the most comprehensive sources of Asian language materials outside of Asia. Area Specialists and Reference Librarians provide in-depth reference assistance on questions concerning Asia. Western language materials about Asia are part of the general collection but can be requested in either the Asian Reading Room or the Main Reading Room.

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