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Chile: Hispanic Division Country Guide

Hispanic Reading Room

Staff in the Hispanic Reading Room help researchers find materials on and from the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and persons with Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas—including U.S. Latinos.  We provide materials held in the General Collections for anyone with a Reader Identification Card and we assist in finding resources in other divisions of the Library.

Librarians can help! Contact us via Ask a Librarian, e-mail or call 202-707-5397.

Our Unique Services

The Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) is a selective bibliography annotated by professors of anthropology (archeology and ethnology), art, geography, government and politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, political economy, and sociology; and edited by librarians in the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress. It simplifies scholarly research on Latin America by identifying scholarly books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources (blogs, websites, online videos, etc.).

The Palabra Archive is a collection of audio recordings from Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx poets and prose writers reading from their works. It includes major 20th century writers like: Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Angel Asturias, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Zee Edgell, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Amado, and Nélida Piñón; as well as contemporary writers like José Luiz Passos, Carmen Boullosa, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and Julia Alvarez.

La Biblioteca is series of podcasts from the Hispanic Division exploring of the collections of the Library of Congress that focus on the cultures of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Hispanic community in the United States. Listen to a sample podcast below.

The Hispanic Division sponsors a wide range of public programs, research orientations, and literary events throughout the year.

Guides for researching Hispanic Collections

Chile: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for the study of Chile, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Mexico: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Mexico, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Puerto Rico's Plantation Economy: Snapshots from the Library of Congress

This research guide provides access to historic photographic and film documentation, as well as related print and electronic resources, illustrating the 20th century efforts to transform Puerto Rico from a plantation to an industrial economy.

Latinx and Chicanx in STEM

This guide provides links to resources for children, young adults, teachers and the general public on Latinx/Chicanx in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and related fields.

Spanish American War: Topics in Chronicling America

A guide for researching the topic of the "Spanish American War," which took place from April 25 until December 10,1898, in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

Halloween & Día de Muertos Resources

The Library of Congress is home to an array of resources on the folk customs, fine art, pop culture, and literature of Halloween and Día de Muertos. Collections range from classic film clips to recordings of storytellers, and more.