September 20, 2016 Main Reading Room, Packard Campus Open House Oct. 10

Press Contact: Deanna McCray-James (202) 707-9322
Public Contact: Visitor Services (202) 707-8000

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 10, 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.

Also this year, the public may visit the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more about the audio-visual conservation services offered by the Library. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the facility, participate in interactive sessions in the Recorded Sound listening room and view a video highlighting the Library’s work and items from the collection in the theatre. Tickets will be required for the facility tours, ticket information can be found at this site External. The NAVCC is located at 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper VA 22701.

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, and the Library’s collections and exhibitions between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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 on site 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 selfie sticks, mono-, bi- or tripods.

The Library’s Young Readers Center (YRC) will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activity stations and programming for visitors. Children and teens are invited to bring their own astronaut and outer-space props – helmets, antennae, futuristic outfits -- and read a speech at the YRC’s “presidential podium,” imagining that they are encountering a new alien civilization as President of Earth. Visitors can learn about their own cultural heritage and background, have fun with exploration trivia, engage in space-related crafts, 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, its puppet theater and its games and puzzles, which can be viewed onsite.

On display in the Graphic Arts Gallery on the ground floor through August 19, 2017, "World War I: American Artists View the Great War" highlights the collections of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division.Although the United States participated as a direct combatant in World War I from 1917 to 1918, the riveting posters, cartoons, fine-art prints and drawings on display chronicle this massive international conflict from its onset through its aftermath.

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

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PR 16-156
ISSN 0731-3527