January 15, 2016 CANCELED: Semi-Annual Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents Day Holiday

Event Canceled Due to Expected Inclement Weather

Press Contact: Deanna McCray-James (202) 707-9322
Public Contact: Visitor Services (202) 707-8000
Contact: Individuals requiring accommodations must submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

NOTE: This event was canceled due to an anticipated winter snowstorm.

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special open house to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The first open house of the year will take place on the federal Presidents Day holiday, Monday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

Reference librarians will be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. They also will be available to demonstrate the Library’s online resources and discuss access to the Library’s vast onsite collections, including services and collections for use in family history research. No other reference services will be available and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed. Photography is allowed; however visitors may not use mono-, bi- or tripods.

The Jefferson Building will open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In lieu of the normal tour schedule, docents will be available to talk with visitors about the Thomas Jefferson Building, its history, art, architecture, the Library’s collections and exhibitions between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

An Instagram meet-up, led by the Library’s official photographer, will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning in the Great Hall. Visitors can join the conversation that day using the tag #LibraryOpenHouse.

The Library’s Young Readers Center will celebrate the Presidents Day holiday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activity stations and programming for visitors. Children and teens are invited to bring their own historic props -- top hats, mustaches, spectacles -- and read a famous speech (or their own) at the presidential podium. Visitors can learn about the presidents as children, have fun with presidential trivia, engage in craft exercises and much more. Young people, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times, are encouraged to explore the center’s library of current and classic books, puppet theater, games and puzzles, which can be viewed onsite.

On display in the Southwest Pavilion on the second floor through May 7, 2016, “Out of the Ashes: A New Library for Congress and the Nation” marks the 200th anniversary of the acquisition of Jefferson’s 6,487-volume library. This acquisition was the foundation of the modern Library of Congress. The Jeffersonian concept of a universal library covering all subjects is the basis of the Library’s comprehensive collecting policies. Jefferson’s belief that democracy depended on free access to knowledge ensured the availability of the Library’s rich collections not only to Congress, but also to this nation and the world.

More information about the Library and the exhibitions is available at the orientation desks, at loc.gov/visit/ or by calling (202) 707-8000. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at loc.gov.


PR 16-016
ISSN 0731-3527