The Columbus Memorial Library is responsible for providing library services to the General Assembly, the Permanent Council, the Permanent Missions to the OAS, the General Secretariat, and to organizations and individuals worldwide engaged in inter-American studies. All items housed in the Library may be consulted in the Reading Room in accordance with the guidelines on the use of the different types of resources.

Ask the Librarian

You may send your research subject or question to the Librarian via e-mail to [email protected] to find out what information is available in the Columbus Memorial Library about your subject of interest and to make an appointment to begin your research.


Circulation services include the searching and charging of publications to the General Assembly, the Council, Permanent Missions to the OAS and the General Secretariat. The public can only consult publications in the Reading Room of the Library.

Inter-Library Loan

The interlibrary loan service assists patrons in locating materials not available in the Columbus Memorial Library. This service is primarily for the use of the staff of the General Secretariat who are engaged in extensive research projects and for delegates of the Missions working on studies related to their assignments. Extensions of the loan period can be processed, if necessary, by contacting Circulation (202-370-0698) three days prior to the due-date.

Research and Reference

Research and Reference Services provides assistance in bibliographic searching, response to requests, and guidance at locating sources of information. Requests for information may be made in person, by telephone at (202) 370 0663 or by e-mail at [email protected]. If your research needs require a visit to the Library please contact us by phone or e-mail to make an appointment.