Notice: Library of Congress research centers are closed to the public (including researchers and others with reader identification cards) until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. All Library-sponsored public programs are also postponed or cancelled until further notice. Online resources and reference services, such as Ask a Librarian, will continue to be available during this time. For more information, see: www.surfoboards.com/coronavirus.
||NEW for Teachers!
An Online Office Hours Webcast
Using the Ragtime Collection
& Other Digital Music Resources
in Your Classroom
Our NEW Story Map!
The Play that Electrified Harlem: Shakespeare's MacBeth and the Federal Theatre Project
Weekdays and Saturday
8:30am to 5:00 pm
No materials pulled after 4:15pm
Closed Federal holidays
101 Independence Ave., SE
Room LM 113
James Madison Memorial Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20540-4710
Before Visiting the Performing Arts Reading Room:
All researchers are advised to write or telephone the Performing Arts Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.
Ask the reference staff a question about music,
theater or dance?
The Performing Arts Reading Room is the access point for the collections in the custody of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 20.5 million items and spanning more than 1000 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts, iconography, microforms, periodicals, musical instruments, published and unpublished copyright deposits, and close to 500 special collections in music, theater, and dance.