All libraries are special, but the Library of Congress is truly unique in many ways:
- SIZE: It’s the biggest library in the world.
- MEMBERSHIP: The Library of Congress is open to the public. Any adult can apply for a Reader Identification Card to use the collections on the premises.
- BORROWING POLICIES: You can’t check anything out–it’s purely a research collection.
- SERVICES: The Library of Congress is home to the US Copyright Office and many services beyond library collections: Video: More than a Library
Does the Library of Congress have a copy of every book ever published? Not exactly, but collection does include more than 32 million books. Search the Library of Congress Online Catalog
Don’t need to do research? Consider visiting as a tourist. The Library offers guided tours, an interactive Experience Exhibit, and two cafeterias. Want to know more?
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