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Careers at the Library of Congress

What We Do

The Library of Congress offers exceptional opportunities to perform meaningful and unique work in a collaborative environment, one that values personal growth and achievement. The Library's reach is wide: preserving and disseminating materials that are the essence of American culture and knowledge; supporting and informing lawmakers; and protecting intellectual property domestically and internationally.

Careers You Can Find at the Library of Congress


Accountants at the Library of Congress advise on or administer, supervise, or perform professional accounting work relating to the financial activities of the Library . The work performed includes design, development, operation, or inspection of accounting systems; application of accounting standards, policies and requirements; analysis and interpretations of accounting data, records, or reports; and providing advice and guidance to management on accounting or financial management issues.


Administrative careers provide the backbone to support administrative activities throughout the organization. Such positions may include clerical/secretarial support, administrative officers, confidential or special assistants. The work of these positions require analytical ability, judgement, discretion, and knowledge of a substantial body of administrative or program principles, concepts, policies, and objectives.


The Library offers opportunities to build robust legal careers to practice one or more phases of law which includes representing individuals, organizations, or government entities and preparation of legal documents. Attorneys may work in a variety of offices within the Library such as the U.S. Copyright Office, labor and employee relations, the office of general counsel and CRS.


The Library offers a variety of careers in the U.S. Copyright Office that are involved in advising on, administering, supervising, or performing professional scientific, technical, and legal work related to the cataloging and registration of copyrights, and in providing advice to government officials on copyright matters.


Economists in the Library of Congress apply professional knowledge of economics in the performance of duties that include research into economic events; analysis of economic data and preparation of interpretative reports; advice and consultation on economic matters to the Congress and other government offices. Most of the Library’s economists work in the CRS, which requires the expertise of economists to fulfill the research needs of the Congress.

Foreign Affairs

Foreign affairs analysts advise on, administer, supervise, or perform research or other professional and scientific work in the formulation and direction of the foreign affairs of the government or in the study and disposition of information bearing on international relations.  Foreign affairs analysts are largely hired at the Library to work in the CRS and the Law Library.

Human Resources (HR)

The Library of Congress provides a comprehensive human resources program that includes a variety of occupations in the field of human resources management such as position classification, staffing and recruitment, work life services (including pay and personnel action processing, benefits management,  retirement, and employee assistance), training and development, labor relations, employee relations, and performance management.

Information Technology (IT)

Careers in information technology (IT) play a major role in planning, developing, testing, implementing, operating, maintaining, and/or modifying the Library’s numerous automated systems. IT is involved in almost every aspect of the day-to-day work at the Library of Congress. IT positions are involved in such areas as application and system development, system analysis, system administration, internet/intranet/extranet, programming, information security , and customer service, to name a few.

Librarian/Library Technician

A career as a librarian/library technician involves work related to administering libraries and performing related library services, such as selecting, acquiring, cataloging, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; furnishing reference, bibliographical, and reader’s advisory services. Librarians/library technicians work in a variety of subject-matter areas (e.g., law, music, geography and maps, newspapers/serials, etc.) and perform work that requires primarily a full professional knowledge of the theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of librarianship, to select, organize, preserve, access, and disseminate information.
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