News from the Library of Congress

December 2019

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

November 2018

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

March 2018

  • March 9, 2018  (18-025)
    Library Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Literacy Awards Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.These awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein in 2013, honor innovative organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards also encourage the continuing development of advanced methods for promoting...
    • Date: 2018-03-09

September 2017

  • September 19, 2017  (17-129)
    Library Launches labs.loc.gov The Library of Congress today launched labs.loc.gov, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations...
    • Date: 2017-09-19

August 2017

  • August 10, 2017  (17-111)
    Library of Congress Seeks Volunteer Docents The Library of Congress is recruiting the 2017 class of volunteer docents to lead tours of the world’s largest library.To best serve the more than 1.7 million annual visitors eager to view the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., and learn about the treasures it contains, the Library’s Visitor Services Office relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to greet and direct the...
    • Date: 2017-08-10
  • 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

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

January 2017

  • January 4, 2017  (17-001)
    Library of Congress Launches New Software to Simplify Download of Braille and Audio Reading Material The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, today released BARD Express, a Windows-based software program that will aid in the use of the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service.The free software is available for download from a link on the BARD main page.  If you are a patron of the NLS program...
    • Date: 2017-01-04

November 2016

  • November 29, 2016  (16-207)
    Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress maps collections—the Revolutionary War (loc.gov/collections/american-revolutionary-war-maps/about-this-collection/), Civil War...
    • Date: 2016-11-29

October 2016

September 2016

May 2016

  • May 10, 2016  (16-082)
    FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship 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 government, business and scholarly
    • Date: 2016-05-10

October 2015

  • October 5, 2015  (15-175)
    FEDLINK Opens Nominations for Federal Librarianship Awards To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, research, scholarly communities and the American public, FEDLINK has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for FY2015.
    • Date: 2015-10-05

September 2015

  • September 25, 2015  (15-174)
    Billington to Retire September 30 James H. Billington announced today that he will retire as the 13th Librarian of Congress on Sept. 30.
    • Date: 2015-09-25

January 2015

  • January 16, 2015  (15-009)
    Braille and Talking-Book Program Embraces New Braille Code The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, next year will implement the Unified English Braille (UEB) code on Jan. 4, 2016—the 207th birthday of Louis Braille.
    • Date: 2015-01-16

June 2014

May 2014

  • May 9, 2014  (14-078)
    Library of Congress Plans Improvements to Cataloger's Desktop The Library of Congress will introduce enhancements to its Cataloger’s Desktop service that will be available in September 2014. The enhancements will help catalogers find and use Desktop resources more easily, through a simpler user interface, expanded search and navigation, and improved help.
    • Date: 2014-05-09

January 2014

December 2013

  • December 4, 2013  (13-209)
    Library Reports on America's Endangered Silent-Film Heritage The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929,” the first comprehensive survey of American feature films that survived the silent era of motion pictures.
    • Date: 2013-12-04

February 2013

  • February 13, 2013  (13-014)
    Library Announces National Recording Preservation Plan The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and p
    • Date: 2013-02-13

January 2013

December 2012

  • December 7, 2012  (12-222)
    Singapore to Host the 2013 International Summit of the Book Elaine Ng, the chief executive officer of the National Library Board of Singapore, today invited experts and supporters of literacy worldwide to attend the 2013 International Summit of the Book, to take place in Singapore Aug. 17-23.
    • Date: 2012-12-07

October 2011

  • October 28, 2011  (11-208)
    Library Census Maps 1,000 Federal Libraries Profiles of U.S. federal libraries from around the world are now available online. Presented dynamically with an interactive mapping tool, the Federal Library Directory displays geographic and collections data from more than 1,000 libraries.
    • Date: 2011-10-28

April 2011

  • April 6, 2011  (11-074)
    New Professional Development Group for Federal Librarians To drive innovations in succession planning and knowledge management in the federal information community, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) has formed a New Librarians Working Group (NewFeds).
    • Date: 2011-04-06

February 2011

January 2011

October 2010

September 2010

March 2010

  • March 25, 2010  (10-061)
    Digital Talking-Book Internet Service Delivers One Millionth Download On Feb. 21, 2010, Tonia Gatton downloaded the digital talking-book version of “Charlotte’s Web” to her home computer. Gatton’s talking-book selection marked the one millionth piece of reading material delivered by the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service.
    • Date: 2010-03-25
  • March 4, 2010  (10-043)
    Resource Description and Access (RDA) Accessible through Cataloger's Desktop The Library of Congress and the co-publishers of Resource Description and Access (RDA) have announced that subscribers to Cataloger’s Desktop will be able to access the new RDA Toolkit, a separate subscription service rolling out in June 2010, via Cataloger’s Desktop.
    • Date: 2010-03-04

October 2009

September 2009

July 2009

June 2009

  • June 16, 2009  (09-123)
    Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities Celebrate Millionth Page in Chronicling America Program The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities today marked a major milestone in their partnership to digitize historic U.S. newspapers and make them widely available to the public on the Internet. During an event held at the Newseum, Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, announced that the Chronicling America website (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/)—a free, national, searchable...
    • Date: 2009-06-16