Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Evening research locations in Washington DC (and Saturdays) – updated

Library of Congress

Locations for doing historical research in the evening in Washington are very few. The Library of Congress is the major one. Notably the reading rooms open late during the week (highlighted in red below) are also open Saturday (plus a few more–hours in green). Materials are held in closed stacks but can be ordered up online and sent to virtually any reading room (with the exception of some subject divisions, such as rare books or law). Wait times are usually not more than 45 minutes and you can go online and order materials long before you are at the Library itself.

Register for your LOC reader card in advance here.

LJ=Jefferson Bldg LM=Madison Bldg LA=Adams Bldg

Reading Room / Reference Center
Mon
Tues
Weds
Thurs
Fri
Sat
African & Middle Eastern (LJ 220)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Asian (LJ 150)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Business Reference Services (LA 508)
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Children’s Literature Center (LJ 129) §
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
Closed
Copyright Office (LM 402)
8:30a-5:00p*
8:30a-5:00p*
8:30a-5:00p*
8:30a-5:00p*
8:30a-5:00p*
Closed
European (LJ249)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Folklife (LJ G53)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Geography & Map (LM B01)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Hispanic (LJ 240)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Law Library (LM 242)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Local History & Genealogy Reference Services (LJ 100)
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Main (LJ 100)
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Manuscript (LM 101)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Microform and Electronic Resources Center (LJ 139)
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Motion Picture & Television (LM 336)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
— Motion Picture Viewing Facilities §
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
8:30a-4:30p
Closed
Newspaper & Current Periodical (LM 133)
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Performing Arts (LM 113)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Duplication Services (LA 128)
9:00a-3:00p
9:00a-3:00p
9:00a-3:00p
9:00a-3:00p
9:00a-3:00p
Closed
Prints & Photographs (LM 337)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Rare Book & Special Collections (LJ 239)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
Recorded Sound Reference (LM 113)
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
Closed
— Recorded Sound Listening Facilities §
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p
§
Science & Technology (LA 508)
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-9:30p
8:30a-5:00p
8:30a-5:00p

So the Library of Congress is your public library/institution for Washington DC historical research.

George Washington University (Wednesday evening only, Saturday by appointment)

The reading room at the Special Collections Research Center at the George Washington University which houses a sizable DC history collection is open Wednesday evenings until 8pm. http://library.gwu.edu/scrc Request material before you visit. The majority of the archival and manuscript collections in the SCRC are housed offsite and require 3-5 business days for retrieval. A portion of our book collection is also stored offsite and must be requested in advance. Please note that some collections contain restricted material that cannot be provided to researchers according to our agreement with the donor and/or DC and federal law.

National Archives (no evenings, and no Saturdays starting July 22, 2017) UPDATED

Saturdays you can also use the National Archives I (open from 9 to 5)–as long as you’ve had the materials pulled during the week: https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro

AHA – Letter to Archivist of the US Concerning Discontinuing of Saturday Research Room Hours (July 2017)

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