The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from Costa Rica. Curated by librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room, this guide is part of a series of Country Guides that provide quick references for countries and regions from the Luso-Hispanic world. The Hispanic Reading Room is the Library’s portal to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. This guide offers links to diverse resources on Costa Rica from across the Library including digitized primary sources, selected books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching. For specific questions or assistance using the Library’s resources, use the Ask a Librarian service to contact a reference librarian.
Official Name: Republic of Costa Rica
Capital: San José
Date of Independence: 15 September 1821
Head of State/Government: President Carlos Alvarado
Population: 5.048 million (2019)
Languages: Spanish, Maléku, Cabécar, Bribri, Guna, Guaymí, Buglere
States: Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas and San Jose