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Current Periodical Collections at the Library of Congress

Digital Collections

The periodical world is increasingly digital. Magazines will often have a website, a digital "e-print" issue, a print issue, or some combination of these. The Division collects content across all of these formats.

Primarily out of concern for copyright, very few current periodical issues are found freely available online. Many digital magazines and journals are held in subscription-based resources. The Library of Congress purchases such databases, and these resources are available to researchers while on-site at the Library. Subscription databases - marked with a padlock - are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress.

In addition, E-prints, or digital PDF versions of journal issues, that have been acquired for the Library's permanent collections are made available through two machines in the reading room via the "Stacks" platform. Selected magazine and journal websites are also captured regularly through web archiving.

If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Selected Databases