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Paraguay: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

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


Government buildings, Asunción, Paraguay. [between 1908 and 1919]. National Photo Company Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from Paraguay. 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 Paraguay 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.

Paraguay: Quick Facts

United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Paraguay. 1998. Library of Congress Geography and Maps Division.

Official Name: República del Paraguay (Republic of Paraguay)

Capital: Asunción

Date of Independence: May 14-15, 1811

Head of State/Government: President Santiago Peña Palacios

Population: 7.1 million

Languages: Spanish, Guaraní

Departments: (17 departments and 1 capital district) Alto Paraguay, Boquerón, Presidente Hayes, Concepción, Amambay, San Pedro, Canindeyú, Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, Cordillera, Central, Guairá, Paraguarí, Caazapá, Itapúa, Misiones, Ñeembucú; Asunción is the capital district.