I am planning a visit to Washington, D.C, and I would like to have some books from the Library's collections held for my use in one of your reading rooms. How would I do this?

The Advance Reserve Service allows a requester from outside of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to request materials in advance of their visit. This service is available only for items from the General Collections of the Library for researchers who are planning to visit the Library of Congress from more than Fifty (50) miles from Washington, D.C.

To identify materials from the General Collections, the online catalog record for these items bear the following notation: "Request in: Jefferson or Adams Bldg General or Area Studies Reading Rms."

Advanced Reserve requests must be made at least one week in advance, and the patron must supply all relevant call numbers in the request. The Library of Congress online catalog is at http://catalog.loc.gov 

  • Advance Reserve Service is available for items from the General Collections of the Library only. The online catalog record for these items bear the following notation: "Request in: Jefferson or Adams Bldg General or Area Studies Reading Rms."
  • Generally, requests for Advance Reserve Service must be made at least in advance, and the patron must identify and supply the relevant call numbers.
  • For International researchers, please provide advance notice at least two weeks in advance, and the patron must identify and supply the relevant call numbers.
  • Once the call numbers have been identified and forwarded, Book Service staff will check the shelves for the availability of the items.
  • If the items are available, they will be held for the patron's planned arrival.
  • To request Advance Reserve Service, through Ask A Librarian, click on Loans, Reserves, and Accounts, and fill out a request form.  Once a request has been received, the patron will be contacted by a manager.
  • This communication must be established before the retrieval process is started.
  • The manager or supervisor will communicate with the patron about the location where the materials will be held.
  • For researchers planning to use materials in a Special Collections Reading Room, we suggest you contact that reading room in advance to determine if the materials you are seeking are onsite or in offsite storage.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2020
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