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Foreign Newspaper Collections at the Library of Congress

The foreign newspaper collections at the Library are the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. This guide provides an overview to these collections found in the Serial & Government Publications Division.

Introduction

[Several men, many reading newspapers, gathered at an outdoor cafe in Paris, France]. 1938. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Comprised of over 25,000 titles from 179 countries, the Library of Congress Serial & Government Publications Division's foreign newspaper collections include titles from most independent countries and many dependent states extending over the past five centuries. These collections are available for researchers in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room (NCPRR).

Some foreign newspapers are also held in various divisions of the Library of Congress if printed in non-Roman characters (with the exception of Greek). For instance, Hebrew or Arabic language newspapers are held in the African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, while Japanese or Chinese language newspapers are held in the Asian Reading Room.

This guide provides an overview of the Serial & Government Publications Division's foreign newspaper collections and formats, information on how to find newspapers using our catalogs, suggested reference resources, and online resources found beyond the Serial & Government Publications Division.

About the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room

The Serial & Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the Division also has extensive collections of current periodicals, government publications, and comic books. These collections are accessed in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room which is located in Room LM-133 in the James Madison building in Washington, D.C.