Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown
In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, all Library of Congress buildings will be CLOSED to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be...
Library Welcomes Science and Social Studies Teachers for New School Year
The Library of Congress began the 2023-2024 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus. Kelsey Beeghly, a science curriculum and assessment coordinator from Orlando, Florida, will serve as the Library’s 2023-2024 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.Tyron Bey, a middle school social studies teacher from Prince George’s County, Maryland, has been named the 2023-2024 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress.Beeghly and...
Library of Congress Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Danzón Class
The Library of Congress joins National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with a special danzón dance class and performance and 50 audio recordings added to its historic PALABRA Archive, which turns 80 this year. The monthlong celebration from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 highlights the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic community to the nation.As part of the celebrations through Live at the Library,...
September 12, 2023
Innovator in Residence Invites Public to Experience Chinatown Reconstruction
Artist, educator and 2023 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren is inviting the public to visit an immersive 3D reconstruction of historic Providence, Rhode Island’s Chinatown in 1914, recreated using archival photographs and records from the Library’s collection. The model is the first part of Yoo Warren’s project, Seeing Lost Enclaves: Relational Reconstructions of Erased Historic Neighborhoods of Color, which aims...
September 8, 2023
Library of Congress Announces 2023 Literacy Awards on International Literacy Day
Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2023 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. Top prizes are being awarded to The News Literacy Project, Downtown Boxing Gym and Worldreader.The Literacy Awards program, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein since 2013, honors organizations that provide exemplary, innovative and replicable strategies to combat illiteracy. For...
Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2022 Holland Prize Winner
The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2022 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to Lukas Burgher for a drawing of the historic Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Virginia.The Holland Prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape measured drawing prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, or...
September 1, 2023
Librarian of Congress Names New Inspector General
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today, the appointment of Glenda B. Arrington as the inspector general for the Library of Congress. Formerly the inspector general of the Air Force Test Center, Arrington’s more than 35-year career comprises a broad professional portfolio spanning the public and private sector, academia, community outreach, and nonprofit board leadership. Arrington has extensive leadership experience and has served for...
Library of Congress Awards 2023-2024 National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowships
The Library of Congress today announced Rachel Lee Hutcheson, Isabelle Lynch and Lynn Marie Mitchell as its next class of fellows awarded the National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowship.Established in 2022 with a generous monetary donation from the National Stereoscopic Association, the fellowship supports research on stereoscopy and the history of photography within the Prints and Photographs Division holdings and the unparalleled photographic history collections...
August 30, 2023
Copyright Office Issues Notice of Inquiry on Copyright and Artificial Intelligence
The U.S. Copyright Office today issued a notice of inquiry in Federal Register on copyright and artificial intelligence. The Copyright Office is undertaking a study of the copyright law and policy issues raised by generative AI and is assessing whether legislative or regulatory steps are warranted.The Copyright Office will use the record it assembles to advise Congress; inform its regulatory work; and offer information...
Tens of Thousands Attend 2023 Library of Congress National Book Festival
Tens of thousands of book lovers joined the Library of Congress National Book Festival in person on Aug. 12 at the Washington Convention Center, including capacity crowds on numerous stages. Videos of select stages are now available, and individual presentations will be made available on demand on the festival’s website during the week of Aug. 21.This year’s festival theme, “Everyone Has a Story,” celebrates...
August 22, 2023
Library of Congress Releases Newly Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts
The Library of Congress has released some 230 newly digitized manuscripts written in Hebrew and similar languages such as Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian and Yiddish. The collection, available online for researchers and the public for the first time, includes a 14th century collection of responsa by Solomon ibn Adret of Barcelona, considered one of the most prominent authorities on Jewish law of all time.The full digital...
August 21, 2023
Library of Congress to Host Congress.gov Public Forum on Sept. 13
The Library of Congress will hold its next Congress.gov forum on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. As the authoritative source for federal legislative information, Congress.gov is greatly enhanced by public feedback about the site.For the first time, the forum will take place both in person at the Library and via Zoom for participants who would prefer to join virtually....
August 17, 2023
Library of Congress Announces Fall 2023 Concert Series
Brazilian jazz pianist, composer and vocalist Eliane Elias kicks off the fall 2023 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress on Oct. 13. The series presents a diverse lineup of chamber music and jazz concerts in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium, along with conversations with musicians and composers, educational projects, and curated displays showcasing collections from the Library’s Music Division.Events are free and open...
August 15, 2023
C-SPAN and Library of Congress Announce New Primetime Book Series for Fall 2023
C-SPAN and the Library of Congress have announced a joint original feature production for fall 2023: "Books That Shaped America."The 10-part series – which C-SPAN will air LIVE on Mondays, starting Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. ET – will be a literary journey, tracing America's history by exploring masterpieces in literature that have had, and still have today, a major impact on society.The 10-week...
Library to Host Summer 2023 Copyright Public Modernization Committee Meeting
The Library of Congress will host the summer 2023 meeting of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee virtually on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Participants will hear from Library and Copyright Office staff about the latest developments of the Enterprise Copyright System.In addition to updates from Library and Copyright Office staff on the development of the Enterprise Copyright System, attendees will participate in...
Enjoy Movies on the Lawn, Café Concerts During Live at the Library in August
Enjoy summer movies and music on the lawn this August during Live at the Library. On Aug. 3, take a bachata class from Julissa Cruz of the Latin Vintage Dance Company before a screening of “Mary Poppins.” Plus, join the Library of Congress for screenings in the historic Coolidge Auditorium later in the month, and enjoy café concerts in the Great Hall starting Aug....
July 6, 2023
George Saunders to Receive 2023 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that the 2023 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to George Saunders.One of the Library’s most prestigious awards, the annual Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination. The...
Enjoy Summer Movies and Music on the Lawn During Live at the Library in July
Enjoy summer movies and music on the lawn beginning on July 6 with a screening of “Iron Man” and a performance by Batalá Washington, D.C.’s all-women Afro-Brazilian drumming troop. To celebrate the upcoming National Book Festival, all of the movies presented are adapted from books or comics. Plus, join historian Kevin M. Hymel as he discusses his books on George S. Patton at the...
Library of Congress Acquires Music Manuscripts and Papers of Composer John Adams
The Library of Congress has acquired the music manuscripts and papers of contemporary American composer, conductor and writer John Adams. Adams is known for works including the opera “Nixon in China” and concert pieces such as “Shaker Loops,” “Harmonielehre,” “Road Movies,” “Chamber Symphony” and “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.”John Coolidge Adams was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1947. His career has taken place...
June 9, 2023
Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup
The 2023 Library of Congress National Book Festival returns to the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 12. The festival’s theme, “Everyone Has a Story,” celebrates the storyteller in us all. Attendees will hear conversations that reflect their lived experiences and stories, with presentations for every type of reader. Memoirs will be featured on several stages, including actor Elliot Page’s “Pageboy” and R.K. Russell’s...
June 6, 2023
Library of Congress Launches Video Game Challenge for Civic Engagement
The Library of Congress is calling on video game developers to create fun and lightweight video games related to civics that incorporate Library resources. This challenge is part of an effort to improve public knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens. Winning video game entries, to be announced early next year, will receive $35,000 in cash prizes.The Library of Congress Friends’ Choice...
May 31, 2023
Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to Summer Internship Program
The Library of Congress announced the appointment of 50 undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students to its Junior Fellows Program on May 22. Following three years of being conducted virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s students will work in a new hybrid style, either remotely or on-site. This year’s students are from 21 states and the District of Columbia. The group will...
May 31, 2023
Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn to Present National Film Registry Selections
The Library of Congress will host its annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” series starting July 6. The series featuring films from the Library’s National Film Registry will be presented Thursday evenings at sundown on the southeast lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Music will be presented prior to each film, with live performances on July 6, July 20 and Aug. 3.The scheduled...
May 26, 2023
Library of Congress Launches COVID-19 American History Project
The Library of Congress has announced the congressionally-funded COVID-19 American History Project, a multiyear effort to collect, preserve and make available to the public the oral histories of frontline healthcare workers, survivors of loved ones who died, and others impacted by the pandemic. The project will also encourage the public to share their COVID-19 experiences with StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and...
May 23, 2023
Library of Congress Awards More than $200,000 to Five Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections
The Library of Congress today announced that five awards, totaling more than $200,000, have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education institutions. The 2023 awardees will use these funds to create projects that offer creative approaches to the Library’s digital collections and center Black, Indigenous, and Latino or Hispanic studies. “We’re excited...
May 18, 2023
Ada Limón to Reveal Poem for NASA Europa Clipper Mission During Live at the Library in June
During Live at the Library in June, U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón — recently reappointed for a historic two-year term — will unveil her original poem written for the NASA Europa Clipper mission. Plus, celebrations for the Juneteenth holiday will honor African American folk music and photography. Celebrate Pride with a concert saluting Billy Strayhorn on June 8, and view a display of LGBTQ+...
FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community Achievement
The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The award winners will be...
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Papers Open for Research at the Library of Congress
A major portion of the papers of Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens is opening for research use on May 2 in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. The collection documents the evolving position of one of the longest-serving justices on the Supreme Court and the transformation of the court itself.Stevens (1920-2019) was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1975 by...
May 1, 2023
Meg Medina Embarks on Tour as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Meg Medina will launch her national tour with a visit to the communities of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Newburgh, New York this spring and summer.During her tour, Medina will inspire students and families to experiment with “book talks” — the process of sharing books to start conversations and build excitement about reading. Medina, the eighth national ambassador, aims...
April 27, 2023
Jefferson Building Access May 9-10
On Wednesday, May 10, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. All exhibitions, public spaces and the Library Shop in the Jefferson Building will be closed for the entire day, and no timed-entry passes will be offered to the public.Researchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be...
April 24, 2023
U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón Appointed for a Historic Two-Year Second Term
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Ada Limón to serve a two-year second term as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.The act of Congress establishing the poet laureate position states that the Librarian may appoint a laureate “for one- or two-year terms.” This is the first time a laureate will serve the longer option. Limón’s second term will begin in September...