Library of Congress

Main reading room of the Library's [[Thomas Jefferson Building]] The Library of Congress (LOC) is a research library in Washington, D.C., that serves as the library and research service of the U.S. Congress and the ''de facto'' national library of the United States. Founded in 1800, the library is the United States's oldest federal cultural institution. The library is housed in three elaborate buildings on Capitol Hill. It also maintains a conservation center in Culpeper, Virginia. The library's functions are overseen by the Librarian of Congress, and its buildings are maintained by the Architect of the Capitol. The Library of Congress is one of the largest libraries in the world. Its collections contain approximately 173 million items, and it has more than 3,000 employees. Its collections are "universal, not limited by subject, format, or national boundary, and include research materials from all parts of the world and in more than 470 languages".

Congress moved to Washington, D.C., in 1800 after holding sessions for eleven years in the temporary national capitals in New York City and Philadelphia. In both cities, members of the U.S. Congress had access to the sizable collections of the New York Society Library and the Library Company of Philadelphia. In Washington, the library was housed in the United States Capitol for almost all of the 19th century. Much of the library's original collection was burnt by British forces during the War of 1812. Congress then purchased Thomas Jefferson's entire personal collection of 6,487 books to restore its own collection. Over the next few years, its collection slowly grew; in 1851, another fire broke out in the Capitol chambers. This destroyed a large amount of the collection, including many of Jefferson's books.

After the American Civil War, the importance of the Library of Congress for legislative research increased and there was a campaign to purchase replacement copies for volumes for its lost books. The library received the right of transference of all copyrighted works, and deposit of two copies of books, maps, illustrations, and diagrams printed in the United States. The Library also built its collections through acquisitions and donations. Between 1888 and 1894, Congress constructed and moved the collection to a large adjacent library building, now known as the Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the Capitol. Two more adjacent library buildings, the John Adams Building, built in the 1930s, and the James Madison Memorial Building, built in the 1970s, hold expanded parts of the collection and provide space for additional library services.

The library's primary mission is to research inquiries made by members of Congress, which is carried out through the Congressional Research Service. It also houses and oversees the United States Copyright Office. The library is open to the public for research, although only high-ranking government officials and library employees may borrow (i.e., temporarily take custody of) books and materials. Provided by Wikipedia
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    Senate cloture rule

    Published 1963
    “…Research Service, Library of Congress --…”
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    Senate cloture rule

    Published 1975
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    Religious Entanglements in a Secular World. by Baume, Jarrett T.

    Published 2011
    Other Authors: “…Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service Staff…”
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    Extraterritorial application of labor and environmental laws. by Ahmedouamar, Mohamed Tahar, Palmer, Edith, 1940-, Salvo, Giovanni, Cho, Sung Yoon, 1928-2017, Gutiérrez, Norma C., Nozari, Fariborz

    Published 1994
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    Religious liberty : the legal framework in selected OSCE countries /

    Published 2000
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    LC acquisition trends.

    Published 1977
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    Librarians of Congress, 1802-1974.

    Published 1977
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    Library of Congress name headings with references.

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    Verner Warren Clapp, 1901-1972 : a memorial tribute.

    Published 1973
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    Image of America : early photography, 1839-1900 : an exhibit held in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., opened on February 8, 1957. A catalog.

    Published 1957
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    Accessions list, Brazil /

    Published 1975
    “…Library of Congress. Library of Congress Office, Brazil…”
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    Accessions list, Brazil

    Published 1975
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    Accessions list, Southeast Asia /

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    Accessions list, Southeast Asia

    Published 1975
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    Accessions list, Southeast Asia.

    Published 1983
    “…Library of Congress. Library of Congress Office, New Delhi…”
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    Accessions list, South Asia.

    Published 1984
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    Accessions list, South Asia

    Published 1981
    “…Library of Congress. Library of Congress Office, Karachi…”
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    Accessions list, South Asia /

    Published 1981
    “…Library of Congress. Library of Congress Office, New Delhi…”
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