library of congress


The Library of Congress is the e facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. Located in three buildings in Washington, D.C., it is the largest by shelf space and one of the most important libraries in the world. Its collections include more than 30 million catalogued books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 58 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America, including a Gutenberg Bible (one of only four perfect vellum copies known to exist); over 1 million US Government publications; 1 million issues of world newspapers spanning the past three centuries; 33,000 bound newspaper volumes; 500,000 microfilm reels; over 6,000 comic book titles; the world's largest collection of legal materials; films; 4.8 million maps; sheet music; 2.7 million sound recordings; more than 13.7 million Prints & Photographs images including fine and popular art pieces and architectural drawings; the Betts Stradivarius; and the Cassavetti Stradivarius. The head of the Library is the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington.

Trivia about library of congress

  • Originally housed in a boarding house & then in the Capitol, today it occupies 3 buildings named for presidents
  • The T. Jefferson Building, John Adams Building & James Madison Memorial Bldg. house this
  • The world's largest library, it contains over 115 million volumes on 532 miles of bookshelves
  • By custom, books printed in the U.S. carry this library's card catalogue number on the copyright page
  • To protect your great American novel, register a copyright with this library
  • A widely used book classification system is named for this major Washington, D.C. library
  • Daniel J. Boorstin & James H. Billington are the last 2 scholars to run this library
  • Check it out! You'll find this landmark at Independence Ave. & 1st Street in Washington, D.C.; now keep it down!
  • Destroying more than 35,000 volumes, a fire devastated this location in Washington, D.C. on Christmas Eve 1851
  • Poet & novelist James Dickey was once poetry consultant to this national library
  • (Kelly of the Clue Crew reports from Monticello in Virginia.) Jefferson had the USA's largest private book collection, 6,000 of which were sold in 1815 to form the nucleus of this
  • Read all about it: this Washington, D.C. landmark calls itself "the nation's oldest federal cultural institution"
  • is the website for this place, home to about 745 miles of bookshelves
  • Not surprisingly, by volumes held, it's the top library in the U.S.
  • Cyrus Edward Dallin's "Sir Isaac Newton" is in this Washington, D.C. library
  • Herbert Putnam served as head of this U.S. library for 40 years, 1899-1939
  • The U.S. Copyright Office is one of its departments
  • A fire in 1851 destroyed some 35,000 volumes in its collection
  • The Copyright Law of 1870 required that all copyright applicants send 2 copies of their work to this institution
  • Created by law in 1800, this institution maintains the Dewey Decimal System
  • To honor the bicentennial of this, a silver dollar featured an open book & the Jefferson Building
  • High school students can use this only with a note from their principal saying other sources didn't pan out
  • Created by law in 1800, this institution maintains the Dewey Decimal System
  • Any randomly chosen book is likely to include this institution's cataloging-in-publication data
  • Irving Berlin's & Walt Whitman's personal papers are held in this library founded in 1800