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Guyana: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Guyana, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.


Edward Weber & Co., lithographer. In commemoration of the eventful 12th July 1838. [1840]. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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.

Guyana: Quick Facts

United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Guyana. 1991. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division

Official Name: Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Capital: Georgetown

Date of Independence: May 26, 1966

Head of State/Government: President Mohammed Irfaan Ali

Population: 787,971

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