Staff in the Hispanic Reading Room help researchers find materials on and from the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and persons with Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas—including U.S. Latinos. We provide materials held in the General Collections for anyone with a Reader Identification Card and we assist in finding resources in other divisions of the Library.
The Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) is a selective bibliography annotated by professors of anthropology (archeology and ethnology), art, geography, government and politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, political economy, and sociology; and edited by librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress. It simplifies scholarly research on Latin America by identifying scholarly books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources (blogs, websites, online videos, etc.).
The PALABRA Archive is a collection of audio recordings from Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx poets and prose writers reading from their works. It includes major 20th century writers like: Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Angel Asturias, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Zee Edgell, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Amado, and Nélida Piñón; as well as contemporary writers like José Luiz Passos, Carmen Boullosa, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and Julia Alvarez.
La Biblioteca is series of podcasts from the Hispanic Reading Room exploring of the collections of the Library of Congress that focus on the cultures of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Hispanic community in the United States. Listen to a sample podcast below.
The Hispanic Reading Room sponsors a wide range of public programs, research orientations, and literary events throughout the year.