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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the UIUC Library: Home

A guide for local teachers using the UIUC Library for Latin American and Caribbean research and study.

Courtesy Cards

To learn how to obtain a UIUC Library Courtesy Card, go to

UIUC Courtesy Borrower Type LL : State of Illinois residents with valid ID.

Starting points


Please note that Patrons with Courtesy Cards can view the online encyclopedias from any UIUC Library computer.

Diccionario Biográfico Español Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia, 2009-. 50 Vols. (Coming soon)

The Cambridge encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Encyclopedia of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean cultures. London ; New York : Routledge, 2000. 3 Vols.

Encyclopedia of Latin American history and culture /. New York : C. Scribner’s Sons, 1996. 5 Vols. Online version: Encyclopedia of Latin American history and culture.

Latinoamericana : enciclopédia contemporânea da América Latina e do Caribe. São Paulo, 2006.

The Oxford encyclopedia of Mesoamerican cultures : the civilizations of Mexico and Central America. Oxford, 2001. 3 Vols.or Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures

Buy Children's Books in Spanish


The Latin American and Caribbean collection includes materials about the entire Latin American and Caribbean region and also about Hispanic American communities in the United States. Collection development concentrates on materials largely in the social sciences and humanities, covering such disciplines as history, anthropology, political science, sociology, literature, linguistics and economics. These materials are scattered throughout the UIUC Main Library Stacks and departmental libraries: