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The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Library of Congress collections include more than 134 million items on approximately 532 miles of bookshelves. Over 50% of the collections are in foreign languages and 60% are of foreign origin:

• 20 public reading rooms and information centers
• more than 20 million cataloged books
• more than 2.8 million audio materials (discs, tapes, talking books, and other recorded formats)
• more than 14 million visual materials (moving images, photographs, posters, prints, and drawings)
• more than 4.8 million maps
• 6 million technical reports, standards, and gray information
• 70,000 current periodical titles received annually
• more than 250 electronic databases (economics, humaities, law, social science)

"There is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress
may not have occasion to refer.”
(Thomas Jefferson, 1815)


 

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