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Egypt: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room Country Guide

Special Format Materials

The Library of Congress has more than 20 centers that provide research space and guidance for users to interact with collection items based on subject or format. Readers may find Egyptian Studies related materials in other special format collections. The African and Middle Eastern Reading Room staff provides access to materials from the General Collections and helps point researchers to relevant items in other reading rooms.

Selected digitized primary source materials from the Library’s collections about Egypt are highlighted below along with links for further exploration. Links to additional online content are provided when available.

Featured Images of Egypt

Visual Materials Collections

The Prints and Photographs Division (P&P) houses a vast collection of photographs, historical prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and architectural and engineering designs. It supports the vast range of scholarly resources in the Library, including the history of science, the arts and literature of all countries, as well as the geographically focused research collections in African and Latin American area studies and the cultures of Asia and the Middle East. Visual materials on and about Egypt from significant artists and photographers may be found in the P&P collections. Many of these items have been digitized and are available to researchers online and through its public reading room.

Featured Collection

Film and Audio Collections

The Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division holds one of the largest collections of motion pictures in the world, spanning the entire history of cinema. It is also the repository for the vast music and spoken work sound recording collections at the Library of Congress. Many of these resources have been digitized and are available online. Access to these collection items, if not digitized, and research assistance is available through its public reading rooms.

Featured Collection

Cartographic Collections

The Library's Geography and Map Division has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5 million maps, 100,000 atlases, 8,000 reference works, over 5000 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, over 130,000 microfiche/film, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats. You may search for maps from Egypt at: Library of Congress Digital Maps. Many of these materials have been digitized and are available online. Materials that have not been digitized are available in its public reading room.