Copyright Reading Room
Reading Room Hours
Monday–Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays
101 Independence Avenue, SE James Madison Memorial Building, LM 463 Washington, DC 20540-4680
The Copyright Office is an office of public record for copyright registration and related documentation. The Copyright Reading Room oversees approximately thirty-five million items. The collection is the most complete and accurate collection of copyright records of ownership in the world.
Note to Researchers Before Visiting the Copyright Reading Room
All researchers are advised to call the Copyright Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.
Researchers are advised that no more than fifty items can be retrieved a day without special permission. Also, requests for records (including books) made after 2:30 p.m. will not be filled until the next day.
Copyright registrations for all works dating from January 1, 1978, to the present, as well as renewals and recorded documents, are accessible through the Copyright Public Records Catalog and the Copyright Public Records System (CPRS) pilot.