The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from Haiti. 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 Haiti 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: République d’Haïti/ Repiblik d Ayiti(Republic of Haiti)
Date of Independence: January 1, 1804
Head of State/Government: President Jovenel Moïse
Population: 11.1 million
Languages: French, Haitian Creole
Departments/Départements: Artibonite, Centre, Grand'Anse, Nippes, Nord, Nord-Est, Nord-Ouest, Ouest, Sud, Sud-Est
*Haiti is located in the island of Hispaniola. It occupies one-third of the island and the Dominican Republic is the neighboring country.