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Giselle M. Avilés, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Section, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division
Created: April 20, 2021
Last Updated: May 18, 2021
The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from Guyana. 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 Guyana 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: Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Date of Independence: May 26, 1966
Head of State/Government: President Mohammed Irfaan Ali
Languages: English, Guyanese Creole, Amerindian languages, Indian languages (including Caribbean Hindustani, a dialect of Hindi), Chinese
Regions: 10; Barima-Waini; Cuyuni-Mazaruni; Demerara-Mahaica; East Berbice-Corentyne; Essequibo Islands-West Demerara; Mahaica-Berbice; Pomeroon-Supenaam; Potaro-Siparuni; Upper Demerara-Berbice; Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo