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"Library of Congress" Library Of Congress Tip by b1bob

Library Of Congress, Washington D.C.: 50 reviews and 104 photos

  Library of Congress
by b1bob

The Library of Congress was originally founded as a research library for the United States Congress in 1800, its original collection were the books of the 3d U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. It used to be that all authors seeking American copyright had to submit two copies of the work to the Library. They don't do that anymore, but copies of many books published in the U.S. still arrive at the Library regularly. It contains many important books and collections, such as a Gutenberg Bible.

The library itself is in three buildings in Washington, DC. With over 115 million items, it is one of the largest libraries in the history of the world. Only the British Library, which contains over 150 million items, has more stuff.

The library is open to the general public for academic research, and runs tours for visitors. Only people with a permit can enter the reading room and access the collection.

Address: 10 First Street, SE
Directions: Metro: Capitol South. Next to the Supreme Court, just behind the Capitol Building.
Phone: (202) 707-8000

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  • Updated Jun 27, 2006
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