- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 19, 2002

The Library of Congress need not be a forbidding place. Stop in for a visit or take a tour and then plunge in. Here are some basics:
The Main Reading Room is at 1st Street SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street.
The visitor center is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Public tours are scheduled for 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and federal holidays.
Reader's card: Anyone looking to do research at the Library of Congress must start with a reader's card. The cards are free and can be obtained by presenting a valid driver's license, state-issued identification card or passport at the Reader Registration Station in Room LM 140, on the first floor of the Madison Building near the Independence Avenue entrance. Researchers must register in person.
The Reader Registration Station's hours are: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday. The station is closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Formal research orientation classes: These are offered regularly by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at these times:
Morning sessions (10:30 a.m.-noon): Sept. 9, 23, and 30; Oct. 7, 21, and 28; Nov. 4, 18, and 25.
Evening sessions (6:30-8 p.m.): Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4.
The Research Orientation to the Library of Congress course: This is a basic introduction for researchers using the Library of Congress collections and resources. Sessions are held in Room G07 of the Jefferson Building. For additional information, or to register for a class, call the Library's Computer Catalog Center at 202/707-3370.
Published guides: Reference librarian Thomas Mann, a 22-year veteran of the library catalog who is known as the "patron saint of researchers," has written "The Oxford Guide to Library Research." It is available in paperback for $16.95 from Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195123131.
Lisa Rauschart


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