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Careers at the Library of Congress

How We Are Organized

Office of the Librarian

The Office of the Librarian has several components, including the Deputy Librarian who oversees the development office as well as the office of the general counsel and the office of opportunity, inclusiveness and compliance; the office of the chief of staff; the office of the chief communications officer; the office of the chief information officer; and the office of strategic planning and performance management.

Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides research, analysis and information services exclusively for the U.S. Congress. These services are timely, objective, nonpartisan, authoritative, confidential, and contribute to an informed national legislature.

Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office promotes creativity and innovation by administering the U.S. copyright law, which provides writers, artists, and other authors with the freedom and economic incentive to develop original creative works. In so doing, copyright enriches the cultural output of the nation.

Library Collections and Services Group

Library Collections and Services Group (LCSG) serves as the administrative umbrella uniting the Researcher and Collection Services (RCS), Discovery and Preservation Services (DPS), the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) and Law Library of Congress. LCSG builds on common strengths to ensure that all programs and activities are aligned to the Library’s strategic plan. LCSG’s work furthers the Library’s goals of making the Library user-centered, digitally enabled, and data-driven. All units within LCSG have a long history of working together on projects and programs. LCSG units work to continually identify new areas of cooperation and opportunities of mutual benefit.

Researcher and Collection Services (RCS). The RCS service unit leads a systematic and interdependent process to build and shape a universal Library of Congress collection; coordinates and oversees the access, organization, description, custody, and security of the Library’s general, international, and special format collections; leads the Library's efforts to reinforce knowledge-based democracy by sharing the knowledge housed in the Library with the American people; operates public service reading rooms and online services that provide reference and specialized research services to the Congress, other government agencies, libraries, the educational community, the private sector, scholars, and the public; manages circulation and reader services; and collaborates to provide in-person and virtual opportunities to engage with the Library collections.

Discovery and Preservation Services (DPS). The DPS service unit acquires materials for the Library collections; ensures that the bibliographic description of the collections meets the discovery needs of Congress, other government agencies, libraries, the private sector, researchers and the public; manages enterprise-wide systems to support the collections; directs and coordinates the preservation, conservation, and maintenance of the Library’s physical and digital collections; manages the Library’s off-site storage facilities; and collaborates within the Library and the professional community on the stewardship of collections assets.

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). The NLS directorate provides accessible reading material for the use of blind and other print-disabled residents of the United States, United States citizens living abroad, and residents of nations participating in the Marrakesh Treaty. Working through a network of partner libraries, NLS loans literary works and specialized music materials in braille and recorded formats along with refreshable braille displays and talking book machines to access the materials. NLS also makes braille and audio material available for electronic download.

Law Library of Congress (LAW). The LAW service unit provides high quality, timely, and innovative research, analysis, and reference services to the United States Congress, as well as to the Supreme Court, other courts, executive agencies, the legal profession, academic community, and the general public, based on the strength of the world’s largest and most complete collection of foreign, international, and U.S. legal resources. LAW is responsible for the development, management, and stewardship of the Library’s collection of the legal collection.

Office of the Chief Information Officer

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is the centralized IT organization working to transform the Library of Congress into a data-driven and digitally enabled institution. Under the direction of the chief information officer (CIO), OCIO builds and sustains the technology necessary for the Library to meet its mission to Congress and the American public and provides the leadership, governance and management for technical innovation. It also delivers IT security, network operations and end-user services for all Library employees.

Office of the Chief Operating Officer

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer consolidates infrastructure support operations. The offices include the chief financial officer, contracts and grants management, integrated support services, human resources services, and security and emergency preparedness.