|Main Reading Room, Library of Congress - loc.gov|
An Act of Congress, passed on April 24, 1800 and signed by President John Adams, enabled the establishment of one of the greatest libraries in the world. The legislation originally provided $5,000 "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress ..., and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them...." The LOC is the largest library in the world with holdings of over 150 million items located on about 838 miles of bookshelves. Its services benefit more people than just members of Congress: it runs the Talking Book program helps the blind and physically handicapped. More interesting facts about this magnificent library can be found on LOC's website, where its history and collections are detailed. The LOC page also lists the 25 most frequently asked questions, such as "Where are the books?" Well-worth checking out.
|Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer - Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints & Photo. Div.|