Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Library of Congress Tours

The University of Maryland Libraries have arranged for a specialized tour of the Library of Congress on two separate days. The tour will be given by Abby Yochelson, one of the Library of Congress reference librarians. Although these tours have been organized with graduate students in mind, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
Click on the URL of the tour date you would like to attend and fill out the registration information. Each tour can accommodate a maximum of 25 people. If your registration is accepted you will receive an email confirmation. If you receive the message “sorry, but this form is no longer accepting submissions” this means the tour is already filled to capacity. Please sign up only if you are sure you will be able to attend.
Thursday, November 19, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Friday, November 20, 1-3:30 pmm
The tour will meet in the Lobby of the Jefferson Building, the oldest of the three buildings of the Library of Congress. Each of you will be responsible for getting there on your own. Directions and a map of the Library of Congress buildings can be found at http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/ . It is essential that you arrive on time.
If you wish to get a Reader Identification Card at the end of the tour you will need to present one of the following: a valid driver's license, state-issued identification card, or passport. You will also need to pre-register which you can do online at http://www.loc.gov/rr/readerregistration.html 
The session will include the following:
  • Tour of the Library of Congress Great Hall and the Main Reading Room. The Main Reading Room is the primary entrance into the Library's research collections, and the principal reading room for work in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Basics about doing research at the Library of Congress including an overview of electronic databases available on site.
  • Tour of the Newspaper and Current Periodicals Room (Madison Building)
  • Visit to the Reader Registration Room (Madison Building) for those who wish to obtain their Reader Identification Cards. Please be sure to pre-register online. https://wwws.loc.gov/readerreg/remote/