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Library of Congress: Asian Division

General Information

Facility: Library of Congress Asian Division
101 Independence Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20540
Phone: (202) 707-5426
FAX: (202) 252-3336
Email: Use Ask a Librarian link below

About the Library:

Founded in 1800, the library's main building was constructed in 1886-1897. Upon its public unveiling, it was considered the safest and costliest library in the world.

The Japanese collection was started in 1875 with a reciprocal agreement between the governments of the United States and Japan concerning government publications. Since, it has grown to include over 1.2 million items.

For more information about the Japanese collection, please contact the Asian Reading Room at (202) 707-5426, visit in person at Room LJ-150 of the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.  Or use the Ask a Librarian link below.

Online Resources


Summary of Collections

Collection size: As of 2023, the Asian Division makes over 4 million items available in the Asian Reading Room. The items encompass around 200 languages and dialects from East, South, and Southeast Asia, including over 1.2 million Japanese items.

Notable Collections:


How to Use the Facility

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