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Colombia: Hispanic Reading Room 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.

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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 Reading Room 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 Reading Room 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 Reading Room sponsors a wide range of public programs, research orientations, and literary events throughout the year.

Hispanic Studies Research Guides

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS): A Resource Guide

Since 1936, HLAS has made scholarly research on Latin America more easily accessible by working with researchers to identify and describe books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources

The PALABRA Archive at the Library of Congress

This guide provides access to the PALABRA Archive, a collection of audio recordings of poets and writers from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Caribbean, and from other regions with Luso-Hispanic heritage reading from their works.

Freedom in the Black Diaspora: A Resource Guide for Ayiti Reimagined

This research guide answers a recent call to action in Haitian studies to engage historical sources in centering Haitian cultural and historical contributions to Black liberation movements in the United States and Latin America.

Yo Soy (I am): The Historical Trajectory of Language in Puerto Rico

This guide provides access to an array of resources on language and identity in Puerto Rico, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books, periodicals, and online databases.

El Archivo de la Palabra de la Biblioteca del Congreso

Una guía para facilitar el acceso al Archivo de la Palabra de la Biblioteca de Congreso.

Latinx Studies: Library of Congress Resources

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching LatinX Studies, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and research strategies.

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.

“El Otro Lado” (The Other Side): Border Art Histories of the MexiCali Biennial

This guide explores the work of artists, curators, and collectives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, focusing on artistic interventions that activate the border itself and make and/or unmake anew what we traditionally consider a “piece” of art.

“El Otro Lado” (The Other Side): Geographies, Boundaries, and Imaginations of Space

Borders can be mapped as palimpsests both geographically and linguistically, or as areas that shift ecologically and ideologically. In this guide, explore the histories, belief systems, and landscapes that characterize the U.S.- Mexico border.

Hispanic Reading Room Country, Territories, and Regions Guides

Argentina: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Bolivia: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Brazil: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

British Virgin Islands: Hispanic Reading Room Guide

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

Chile: Hispanic Reading Room 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.

Colombia: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Costa Rica: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Cuba: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Dominican Republic: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Ecuador: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

El Salvador: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

French Guiana: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Grenada: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Guatemala: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Guyana: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Haiti: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Honduras: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Jamaica: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Mexico: Hispanic Reading Room 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.

Nicaragua: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Panama: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Paraguay: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Peru: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Portugal: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Puerto Rico: Hispanic Reading Room Research Guide

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

Spain: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Suriname: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Uruguay: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Venezuela: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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

Hispanic American Studies Research Guides

A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States

This Hispanic Reading Room research guide focuses on 20th and 21st century American court cases, legislation, and events that had important impacts on civil rights in Chicana/o/x, Hispanic, Latina/o/x, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican communities

“El Otro Lado” (The Other Side): Border Art Histories of the MexiCali Biennial

This guide explores the work of artists, curators, and collectives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, focusing on artistic interventions that activate the border itself and make and/or unmake anew what we traditionally consider a “piece” of art.

Latinx Studies: Library of Congress Resources

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching LatinX Studies, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and research strategies.

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.

“El Otro Lado” (The Other Side): Geographies, Boundaries, and Imaginations of Space

Borders can be mapped as palimpsests both geographically and linguistically, or as areas that shift ecologically and ideologically. In this guide, explore the histories, belief systems, and landscapes that characterize the U.S.- Mexico border.

The PALABRA Archive at the Library of Congress

This guide provides access to the PALABRA Archive, a collection of audio recordings of poets and writers from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Caribbean, and from other regions with Luso-Hispanic heritage reading from their works.

Yo Soy (I am): The Historical Trajectory of Language in Puerto Rico

This guide provides access to an array of resources on language and identity in Puerto Rico, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books, periodicals, and online databases.