News from the Library of Congress

November 2021

October 2021

  • October 20, 2021  (21-064)
    Gems of Comic Art Collection Featured in New Library of Congress Exhibition A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores how comic books have permeated popular entertainment and influenced U.S. culture, highlighting selections from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection that was generously donated to the national library in 2018.“Geppi Gems” is now open in the Library’s Graphic Arts Gallery through mid-March 2022. A second rotation with different items is planned for spring 2022. The exhibition...
    • Date: 2021-10-20
  • October 6, 2021  (21-062)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Draws More Than 317,000 Views Book lovers joined the Library of Congress National Book Festival from across the country over 10 days this year, totaling more than 317,000 views to date across a variety of platforms, including virtual events with authors and videos on demand. The festival reached even more people through a national television special, new podcast interviews and events hosted by partners across the country.The festival, held...
    • Date: 2021-10-06

September 2021

  • September 9, 2021  (21-050)
    Nine Culture and Technology Experts Join Library of Congress Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Advisory Board Nine experts in technology, cultural memory, libraries and archives have signed on to serve as the advisory board for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative, a key component of the new initiative Of the People: Widening the Path at the Library of Congress. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this initiative aims to connect the Library more deeply with Black, Indigenous and other communities...
    • Date: 2021-09-09
  • September 2, 2021  (21-048)
    Library of Congress and NPR Announce National Book Festival Podcast Series NPR and the Library of Congress are proud to announce a collaboration between the National Book Festival and several of NPR’s most popular podcasts. NPR journalists always interview authors at the Festival and will continue to do so, but this year for the first time, there will be an interview series with National Book Festival authors publishing across NPR’s podcast feeds as part of...
    • Date: 2021-09-02

August 2021

  • August 25, 2021  (21-043)
    Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections The Library of Congress and Harvard Law School have initiated an unprecedented, multifaceted joint collaboration to identify, select and assess the copyright status of materials focusing on national legal gazettes.The effort, initially set for three years, will coordinate access to, knowledge-sharing, and legal analysis of Library of Congress’ collections related to Islamic law, including national legal gazettes, manuscripts and other materials. It will also...
    • Date: 2021-08-25

May 2021

  • May 11, 2021  (PR 21-021)
    Library of Congress Presents Awards to Two Libraries for their Outstanding Service to Readers with Disabilities The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress today honored two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities.The Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled in Des Moines, Iowa, received the 2020–2021 Regional Library of the Year Award, while the Bayside Area and Special Services Library...
    • Date: 2021-05-11

December 2020

  • December 15, 2020  (20-087)
    Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot The U.S. Copyright Office today launched a public pilot of its new Copyright Public Records System (CPRS), which has been developed from the ground up to provide easier access and a stronger user interface for copyright records, including registrations, recordation, and other data. The new public record portal is the first component of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) to be openly released.Designed using extensive...
    • Date: 2020-12-15
  • December 2, 2020  (20-079)
    Dwight D. Opperman Foundation Gives $1M to Reimagine Visitor Experience at Library of Congress The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation is donating $1 million to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience at the Library of Congress with a new orientation gallery, exhibitions and learning lab, the Library announced today.The Phoenix-based foundation’s donation to support design and construction of the Library’s visitor experience is one of several major gifts to the project in 2020 and was announced just after Giving...
    • Date: 2020-12-02

October 2020

  • October 28, 2020  (20-070)
    U.S. ISSN Center To Launch New ISSN Request System On Monday, Nov. 23, the Library’s U.S. ISSN Center will launch ISSN Uplink, a new application and tracking system for International Standard Serial Numbers. The current system will close on Friday, Nov. 6 to support a smooth transition to the new system. Publishers and others who need ISSN will benefit from the new request process, which will be completely online. Applications submitted after Nov....
    • Date: 2020-10-28
  • October 26, 2020  (20-069)
    Law Library of Congress Signs Preservation Steward Agreement with Government Publishing Office The Law Library of Congress has signed an agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become a preservation steward. Through the agreement, the Law Library of Congress will preserve its collection of the daily Congressional Record and Federal Register, which are produced by GPO.To help libraries meet the needs of efficient government document stewardship in the digital era, GPO has established preservation...
    • Date: 2020-10-26

August 2020

  • August 6, 2020  (20-051)
    Two Major Gifts to Reimagine Visitor Experience and Enhance Photography Collections at Library of Congress A major gift by Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation in Los Angeles will support the effort to reimagine the visitor experience at the Library of Congress. The foundation also announced that it is donating 1,000 photographic prints by about 250 contemporary photographers from its Annenberg Space for Photography exhibitions to the national library’s collections.The Library is pursuing a multi-year plan to transform the...
    • Date: 2020-08-06

March 2020

  • March 2, 2020  (20-017)
    Librarian of Congress Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights The public will have the opportunity to provide input to the Library of Congress on expertise needed by the next Register of Copyrights, the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced today. Beginning today, March 2, a form to solicit this feedback is online and open to the public. The form will be posted through Friday, March 20. Public input form: Deadline for submitting...
    • Date: 2020-03-02

February 2020

  • February 13, 2020  (20-012)
    Major Gift to Support Reimagining Visitor Experience at Library of Congress A major gift by philanthropist David Rubenstein will help fund a project to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience for the nearly 2 million people who visit the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building each year. The goal is to better connect visitors with history and provide better access to the unparalleled collections held by the national library.Rubenstein, the chairman of the Library’s James...
    • Date: 2020-02-13

December 2019

  • December 18, 2019  (19-120)
    New Endowment to Support National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled The Library of Congress today announced a major endowment in support of the work of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Established by Susan D. Diskin in honor of her late mother, the Tiby Diskin Memorial Fund will provide resources for the Library to expand its services to individuals with visual impairments and other print disabilities.The first initiative made...
    • Date: 2019-12-18

November 2019

October 2019

  • October 22, 2019  (19-104)
    Library of Congress and U.S. Government Publishing Office Digitizing U.S. Congressional Serial Set The Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Government Publishing Office, has started a large multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set dating back to the first volume published in 1817.The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is an official, bound collection of reports and documents of the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress. First published...
    • Date: 2019-10-22
  • October 4, 2019  (19-098)
    Library Receives $1M Mellon Grant to Experiment with Digital Collections as Big Data The Library of Congress has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) project, which will pilot ways to combine cutting edge technology and the collections of the largest library in the world, to support digital research at scale. “As technology advances, we envision a future in which all users —...
    • Date: 2019-10-04

April 2019

  • April 3, 2019  (19-A01)
    Jefferson Building Closed April 9 On Tuesday, April 9, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed for a special event.Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors, Capitol Visitors Center tunnel, and the West Front Drive parking lot will be closed to all staff, researchers, and the general public. Researchers with Library-issued credentials...
    • Date: 2019-04-03

February 2019

  • February 27, 2019  (19-022)
    Law Library of Congress and European Parliament Library Sign Agreement The Law Library of Congress and the European Parliament Library have agreed to form a formal relationship to exchange and share information and best practices to better serve library users. A memorandum of understanding was signed Feb. 21 at the Library of Congress by Law Librarian of Congress and Acting Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services Jane Sánchez and Secretary General of the...
    • Date: 2019-02-27
  • February 4, 2019  (19-011)
    Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s...
    • Date: 2019-02-04

January 2019

  • January 31, 2019  (19-013)
    New Exhibition "Art in Action" Examines Socially-Engaged Art A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. “Art in Action” opens at the Library of Congress on Jan. 31.As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other...
    • Date: 2019-01-31
  • January 16, 2019  (19-005)
    Public Radio Broadcast of 'The Slowdown' Launched A new radio edition of the celebrated poetry podcast “The Slowdown” is now available to public radio listeners in several regions across the country.Hosted by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and produced by American Public Media, “The Slowdown” has been bringing the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as a weekday podcast since its launch in November 2018. The radio feature...
    • Date: 2019-01-16
  • January 10, 2019  (19-002)
    2019 Exhibitions and Programs Explore America's Changemakers The Library of Congress will launch a yearlong initiative in 2019 inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers with a series of exhibitions, events and programs. Major exhibitions drawing from the Library’s collections will be focused on important figures in women’s history and the fight for suffrage, Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in the civil rights movement and artists’ responses to major issues of the day.Additional...
    • Date: 2019-01-10

November 2018

October 2018

  • October 4, 2018  (18-119)
    Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2018 Holland Prize Coinciding with World Architecture Day on Oct. 1, the Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the 2018 recipients of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing. A survey drawing of Daniel Chester French’s studio, by the team of Tenzin Nyandak and Grace Meloy, and led by Ashley Wilson of the National Trust for Historic...
    • Date: 2018-10-04
  • October 2, 2018  (18-126)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Brings Poetry to Podcast and Radio Audiences with 'The Slowdown' U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled “The Slowdown.”The five-minute program encourages listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. “Poetry isn’t an escape or even a luxury,” Smith said. “I’d argue it’s a necessity, a...
    • Date: 2018-10-02

September 2018

  • September 5, 2018  (18-101)
    Digital Outreach Program Moves to Pratt, NYU Following a nationwide call, the Library of Congress today announced that Pratt Institute, in collaboration with the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will oversee the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program.“We’re excited to pass the baton on this pioneering educational program to these great institutions that are so well positioned to carry it forward,” said Kimberly...
    • Date: 2018-09-05

August 2018

  • August 2, 2018  (18-097)
    North Carolina Humanities Council Now Operating N.C. Center for the Book The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the North Carolina Humanities Council as a new affiliate center. The council, based in Charlotte, N.C., will operate the North Carolina Center for the Book, part of a network of state centers promoting an interest in reading.“We are thrilled to now operate the North Carolina Center for the Book,” said North Carolina Humanities...
    • Date: 2018-08-02

July 2018

  • July 19, 2018  (18-094)
    Law Library of Congress and Peace Palace Library of The Hague Agree to Form Information-Sharing Relationship Two of the world’s most comprehensive international law libraries, the Law Library of Congress and the Peace Palace Library based in The Hague, Netherlands, have agreed to form an information-sharing relationship to better serve library users.A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed July 18 in a ceremony at the Library of Congress by Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez and Librarian of the Peace...
    • Date: 2018-07-19

June 2018

  • June 5, 2018  (18-075)
    Library Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2018 prize will be awarded in the fall.The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years, 2016 and 2017, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for...
    • Date: 2018-06-05

May 2018

  • May 24, 2018  (18-073)
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Join Main Stage of 2018 National Book Festival U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Sotomayor about her new book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” which tells about her childhood...
    • Date: 2018-05-24
  • May 8, 2018  (18-053)
    Veterans History Project Updates Collections Policy and Scope, Includes Gold Star Voices The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) has updated its collections policy, changing the scope of the program. With the passing of the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R. 4511), Congress expanded the VHP mandate to allow Gold Star family members to contribute their own audio- or video-recorded interviews to enrich their veteran’s story. The project now includes oral histories recorded by Gold...
    • Date: 2018-05-08

April 2018

  • April 30, 2018  (18-058)
    Letters to Lyrics: Library Displays Alexander Hamilton's Papers Linked to Hit Musical Letters and documents from the papers of Alexander Hamilton will be displayed at the Library of Congress this summer, offering a glimpse at the original source material for key themes and lyrics in the hit musical “Hamilton” as the show visits the Kennedy Center.Ten items were selected for the display, “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress,” which opens May 19....
    • Date: 2018-04-30

February 2018

  • February 1, 2018  (18-010)
    Kentucky Center for the Book Becomes Library's Newest Affiliate Center The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Kentucky Center for the Book as its newest affiliated center. The Kentucky Center is based at Kentucky Humanities in Lexington.“We are thrilled to become Kentucky’s Center for the Book,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “Kentucky Humanities is deeply committed to promoting literacy in Kentucky through PRIME TIME Family Reading Time,...
    • Date: 2018-02-01

January 2018

  • January 4, 2018  (18-001)
    Jacqueline Woodson Named Sixth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.The program was established by the three organizations in 2008 to emphasize the importance of young...
    • Date: 2018-01-04

December 2017

  • December 18, 2017  (17-181)
    National Ambassador for Young People's Literature to Be Inaugurated The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, will inaugurate the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Ambassador Emeritus Gene Luen Yang will participate in the ceremony and deliver comments on his ambassadorship. Tickets are...
    • Date: 2017-12-18

November 2017

  • November 17, 2017  (17-157)
    Library of Congress Launches Three New Educational Apps The Library of Congress, in collaboration with various educational organizations, today announced the launch of three web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civic participation for use in K-12 classrooms.From stepping behind the camera with photographers who fought against child labor to building a timeline that traces African Americans’ journey towards freedom, students are able to do all these things and more using...
    • Date: 2017-11-17

September 2017

  • September 18, 2017  (17-128)
    Library and U.S. Military Academies Sign Cooperative Agreement The Library of Congress and the five U.S. Service Academies today entered an inter-agency cooperative agreement to support growth of service member representation in the national collections at the Library, including within the Veterans History Project. The agreement also provides enhanced research access to Library collections for the U.S Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S Military Academy and...
    • Date: 2017-09-18

August 2017

  • August 1, 2017  (17-105)
    Library of Congress Offers a New "Feel" to Public Tours The Library of Congress today launched a new way for visitors with visual impairments to experience the Thomas Jefferson Building. “Touch History” is an accessible tour that brings building details to life for visitors through their sense of touch.The verbal description tour—“Touch History”—will run the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month, with the exception of September, at 8:45 a.m., beginning August 1...
    • Date: 2017-08-01

July 2017

  • July 13, 2017  (17-103)
    Library of Congress, National Archives Join PDF Association The Library of Congress and the National Archives today announced their agencies have joined the PDF Association, which promotes adoption of international standards for portable document format technology, as partner organizations. Both federal agencies collect, and produce, numerous documents as PDFs. “The Library's participation will foster enhanced relationships with industry, providing more opportunities for the Library to communicate its needs to the community that...
    • Date: 2017-07-13
  • July 5, 2017  (17-098)
    Library Launches Booklovers Circle The Library of Congress today announced a new opportunity for booklovers to support the beloved annual celebration of reading and literacy, the National Book Festival, while enhancing their own festival experiences.Each year the Library of Congress National Book Festival brings together tens of thousands of booklovers with more than 100 of their favorite authors for interesting conversation, book signings and family fun. Thanks to...
    • Date: 2017-07-05

June 2017

  • June 28, 2017  (17-092)
    Library of Congress, Royal Archives Plan Major Joint Exhibition The Library of Congress and The Royal Archives today announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: the two Georges – King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799).The joint project will draw on the considerable collections held by the Library of Congress...
    • Date: 2017-06-28
  • June 21, 2017  (17-091)
    NLS Rolls Out New Digital Initiatives The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is enhancing its ability to serve its patrons through several major technological initiatives being advanced this summer. NLS is launching a new and improved website and a new multimedia education campaign—both designed to raise awareness of NLS’s remarkable free services.“NLS–and the entire Library of Congress—are constantly working to...
    • Date: 2017-06-21
  • June 1, 2017  (17-078)
    Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2017 Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress this week welcomed 37 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive, Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. From curating historic copyright material ,to helping develop new preservation techniques, making World War I veterans histories more accessible and exploring the creation of a digital scholar’s lab, the Junior Fellows will work on a wide range of special projects under the mentorship...
    • Date: 2017-06-01

May 2017

  • May 19, 2017  (17-065)
    Washington Talking Book and Braille Library of Seattle Named Network Library of the Year The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, has named the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) of Seattle as the Network Library of the Year for 2016.  NLS today presented the annual award, which carries a $1,000 cash prize, during a ceremony at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. ...
    • Date: 2017-05-19