July 9, 1999 Fact Sheet: Library of Congress Bicentennial Celebration Digital Gifts

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217

In October 1994, the Library announced that it would offer digitized versions of 5 million items, in cooperation with other research institutions, on the Internet at www.loc.gov. Through the American Memory project of the National Digital Library Program, important and rare materials from the American history collections of the Library and other major repositories are being seen not only by those who can travel to Washington but also by citizens nationwide.

This collaborative effort has so far brought more than 2 million items in multiple formats to students, educators, researchers and lifelong learners. The Library expects to exceed its goal, with nearly 6 million items by 2000. Libraries and other institutions throughout the United States are cooperating in this effort by digitizing their American history collections and making them available through American Memory. The site currently handles 4 million transactions each workday and has been named among the top 10 Web sites by Time magazine. A teacher in California writes: "Your site has been invaluable to me in preparing materials for my students."


PR 99-056c
ISSN 0731-3527