News from the Library of Congress

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

March 2019

  • March 12, 2019  (19-026)
    Library of Congress Appoints New Associate Librarian for Library Services Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Robin L. Dale to the position of Associate Librarian for Library Services effective April 1, 2019. An accomplished, innovative and service-oriented administrator, Dale brings 25 years of experience to her new role. Dale has been a strong advocate for libraries and has expertise in library technologies, digital library service development, collection access management and preservation, library space...
    • Date: 2019-03-12

February 2019

January 2019

  • January 22, 2019  (19-006)
    Spring Is Coming: Symposiums and Celebrations Highlight the Library's Event Calendar This spring, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...
    • Date: 2019-01-22

December 2018

  • December 18, 2018  (18-A10)
    Holiday Schedule Dec. 2018 – Jan. 2019 The Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill for FY19 was passed and signed into law earlier this year. With the following holiday-related exceptions, the Library of Congress is operating under standard hours:Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions,...
    • Date: 2018-12-18
  • December 13, 2018  (18-146)
    Library Opens Nominations for Outstanding Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2018.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library...
    • Date: 2018-12-13

November 2018

  • November 29, 2018  (18-A08)
    Jefferson Building Closed December 19 On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 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 and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will close to the general public. Researchers with Library-issued credentials may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they...
    • Date: 2018-11-29
  • November 28, 2018  (18-140)
    University of Puerto Rico to Establish First Puerto Rico Center for the Book as 53rd Affiliate of Library of Congress The University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Information Sciences and the Library Sciences and Informatics Library will establish the first Puerto Rico Center for the Book in 2019 as the 53rd affiliate center of the Library of Congress, the two institutions announced today. The Library’s Center for the Book is a network of U.S. sites promoting an interest in reading and literacy.The newest...
    • Date: 2018-11-28
  • November 13, 2018  (18-A07)
    Jefferson Building Early Closure November 15 Due to a special event on Thursday, November 15, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will close at 3 p.m. Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will close to the general public. Also, the Library's Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson...
    • Date: 2018-11-13

October 2018

  • October 1, 2018  (18-123)
    New Digitally-Enabled and User-Centered Plan Enriches the Library of Congress Experience Following more than a year of exploration, research and input from staff and experts, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced a new strategic plan, “Enriching the Library Experience.”In executing this strategic plan over the next five years, the agency will make a decisive shift to be more user-centered, digitally-enabled and data-driven. The new strategy is now available to the public online at...
    • Date: 2018-10-01

September 2018

  • September 17, 2018  (18-117)
    Library to Hold Annual Fall Open Houses 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. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2018-09-17

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
  • July 17, 2018  (18-092)
    Werb and Mandel Appointed Directors of New Centers The Library of Congress has selected Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel to be the directors, respectively, of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement and the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation. These key posts are at the helms of newly established offices that are central to executing the Library’s strategy of informing, inspiring and engaging the public.“I am thrilled to have these...
    • Date: 2018-07-17
  • July 5, 2018  (18-087)
    Recently Graduated Librarians Inaugurate Residency Program at Library of Congress In support of developing the next generation of librarians and information professionals, the Library of Congress welcomed five librarians to its Librarians-in-Residence pilot program this summer. The residency runs from June 11 to December with the possibility of extension.The program gives early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and receive mentoring from seasoned staff at the Library.The five residents were selected from...
    • Date: 2018-07-05

June 2018

  • June 4, 2018  (18-079)
    Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2018 Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 40 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive Junior Fellows summer intern program.This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 29 to August 3, includes 33 special projects across divisions of the Library of Congress, which will expose the Junior Fellows to the breadth and depth of the work that takes place at...
    • Date: 2018-06-04

May 2018

  • May 17, 2018  (18-065)
    Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) in Denver will receive the Regional Library of the Year Award, while Braille and Talking Books at Taylor Community Library (BTBTCL) in...
    • Date: 2018-05-17
  • May 4, 2018  (18-062)
    FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.The awards 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.The names of...
    • Date: 2018-05-04

April 2018

  • April 6, 2018  (18-039)
    Main Reading Room Open House on Memorial Day 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 Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2018-04-06

March 2018

  • March 30, 2018  (18-032)
    Library Celebrates "Preservation Week: Pass It On" The Library of Congress will celebrate Preservation Week (April 22-28) with a full day of programming on Monday, April 23 highlighting veterans collections. To highlight the preservation methods used to ensure ongoing access to its collections, the Library will host behind-the-scenes tours of its Preservation Directorate on Capitol Hill and a lecture focused on the Library’s work to collect, preserve, and honor the legacies...
    • Date: 2018-03-30
  • 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
  • March 8, 2018  (18-017)
    Library of Congress Offers Free Spring Activities Spring season brings warm temperatures, fresh flowers and free Library of Congress programming celebrating women in history, poetry, literature, art and science while introducing patrons to international culture and history with lectures, symposiums, book talks and a pop-up display.The Library recently announced the official events that will be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival , as well as a host of...
    • Date: 2018-03-08

January 2018

  • January 17, 2018  (18-006)
    Semiannual Main Reading Room Open House Postponed Due to essential building and systems maintenance, the James Madison Memorial Building, the John Adams Building, all Library of Congress reading rooms and the Library Shop will be closed to the public and researchers on Saturday, Feb. 17.The Thomas Jefferson Building, which houses the Main Reading Room and also features the incomparable Great Hall and the Library of Congress exhibitions, will remain open to...
    • Date: 2018-01-17

December 2017

  • December 8, 2017  (17-176)
    Spend the Chilly Months Inside the Library of Congress This winter season, the Library will host a multitude of free programming that highlight musical genius, showcase film, open the doors of the Main Reading Room and introduces patrons to a world of knowledge and recent findings with lectures, symposiums and book talks. Winter is the perfect time for music enthusiasts to reserve their tickets for the spring “Concerts from the Library of Congress”...
    • Date: 2017-12-08

October 2017

  • October 24, 2017  (17-A06)
    Jefferson Building to Close Early Nov. 1 On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will close to the public at 3 p.m. for a special event.Additionally, the West Main doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will be closed to the general public and researchers.Researchers with Library issued credentials may access the Jefferson Building reading...
    • Date: 2017-10-24
  • October 23, 2017  (17-145)
    New Book Highlights Architecture of U.S. Libraries Technology continues to reshape our ideas about what a library can be, yet library architecture is still framed around the physical dimensions of books and the furniture and spaces designed to store and display them. “American Libraries 1730–1950”—a new book by Kenneth Breisch, published by W.W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress—celebrates the history of library architecture in America, from...
    • Date: 2017-10-23

September 2017

  • September 26, 2017  (17-137)
    Handbook of Latin American Studies Launches Updated Web Interface In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division recently unveiled a redesigned website for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) that enhances user experience with handheld devices, visually appealing graphics and responsive features. HLAS, accessible at hlasopac.loc.gov, is an annotated bibliography of selected books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources dealing...
    • Date: 2017-09-26
  • September 21, 2017  (17-135)
    John Haskell Named Director of John W. Kluge Center John R. Haskell, an accomplished political scientist, author and professor, has been named director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Haskell brings three decades of leadership experience from both academia and the Library to his new position.“With his years of experience here at the Library and in academia managing scholarly research, we are thrilled to have John taking the...
    • Date: 2017-09-21
  • 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
  • September 11, 2017  (17-118)
    Autumn Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host an array of programming this fall season that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, welcomes a new poet laureate and introduces new ways to experience the nation’s library through author talks, tours and online offerings. After opening with a spectacular 2017 National Book Festival, the Library is following up with a commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Sept. 15 with...
    • Date: 2017-09-11
  • September 6, 2017  (17-122)
    Main Reading Room Open House and Other Activities 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. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2017-09-06

August 2017

  • August 22, 2017  (17-115)
    2017 National Book Festival Is a Literature Adventure for Kids of All Ages From a great lineup of authors—including more than 40 who write for children and teens—to special guests like Captain Underpants and new, exciting activities designed to delight and inform, the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be a literature adventure for kids of all ages. The 17th National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center from 9 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2017-08-22
  • 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 8, 2017  (17-110)
    Novelist Chris Bohjalian to Deliver the 21st Vardanants Day Lecture Best-selling Armenian-American author Chris Bohjalian will deliver the 21st Vardanants Day Armenian lecture, titled “Echoes of Anatolia: An Armenian-American Novelist Discovers his Literary DNA at Mid-life.” Bohjalian’s lecture, which will explore the influence of ethnic identity on literary creativity, will take place at noon on Friday, Sept. 1 in the Northeast Pavilion of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street S.E.,...
    • Date: 2017-08-08
  • 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 27, 2017  (17-104)
    Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Collection Treasures The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns yesterday presented more than150 rare and unique items from 15 Library divisions. “Display Day” was open to the public for the first time since the program’s inauguration in 1991.The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched and processed during their 10-week internships. Examples included:An early...
    • Date: 2017-07-27
  • July 7, 2017  (17-097)
    Library Hosts Event on Impact of Digital Collections as Data Building on the success of its “Collections as Data” symposium last year, the Library of Congress National Digital Initiatives (NDI) again will host a daylong symposium featuring a cadre of experts to explore the value of using digital collections and their impact on the public. The symposium—“Collections as Data: Impact”—will be held 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, in the Coolidge...
    • Date: 2017-07-07

May 2017

  • May 30, 2017  (17-080)
    America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History Between August 1914 and November 1918, World War I eradicated empires, ignited the Russian Revolution, reconfigured the world map and marked a turning point for the United States. A new book available today by Margaret E. Wagner, “America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History,” published by Bloomsbury Press in association with the Library of Congress, commemorates the centennial of that...
    • Date: 2017-05-30
  • 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
  • May 16, 2017  (17-068)
    Library Offers Largest Release of Digital Catalog Records in History The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history.The records also will be easily accessible at data.gov, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA). Until now, these bibliographic records have only been available individually...
    • Date: 2017-05-16
  • May 5, 2017  (17-064)
    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, scholarly communities and the American public.FEDLINK will honor the 2016 award winners at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 9, 2017, at the Library of Congress...
    • Date: 2017-05-05

April 2017

  • April 27, 2017  (17-A02)
    Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, April 29, all Library of Congress buildings will close 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 updated. Copyright.gov and Congress.gov...
    • Date: 2017-04-27
  • April 25, 2017  (17-A03)
    Jefferson Building To Close Early May 6 On Saturday, May 6, the Great Hall, Main Reading Room, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will close to the public and researchers at 3 p.m. for a special event.Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will be closed to the general public and researchers.All other...
    • Date: 2017-04-25
  • April 10, 2017  (17-050)
    Card Catalog's History is Focus of New Library Publication A new book exploring the history of the card catalog, that venerated chest of small drawers that contained the known universe, has been published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books. The lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of libraries’ organizing approaches—from the layout of papyrus scrolls at the Library of Alexandria and playing cards with notes on the back that...
    • Date: 2017-04-10

March 2017

  • March 27, 2017  (17-039)
    Wayne Wiegand, Timothy Breen, and Jose Casanova To Deliver Kluge Center Lectures Three lectures at the John W. Kluge Center this April and May will consider the distinctive role of public-school libraries; new perspectives on the American Revolution; and globalization through the prism of religion.  The lectures will feature the work of senior scholars who have spent time in residence at the Library of Congress during the spring.The events, which are free and open to the...
    • Date: 2017-03-27
  • March 24, 2017  (17-033)
    "Expanding the Cultural Emergency Preparedness Community" Lecture, April 25 The Library of Congress will celebrate Preservation Week by hosting a lecture, “Open Arms: Expanding the Cultural Emergency Preparedness Community,” on April 25.Tom Clareson, a senior consultant for Digital and Preservation Services at LYRASIS, will present the lecture at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave....
    • Date: 2017-03-24
  • March 20, 2017  (17-035)
    New Chief Named for European Division Grant Harris has been appointed chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress. He has 33 years of library experience with expertise in Eastern- and Western-European history, culture, politics and languages. Harris has served with distinction as the head of the European Reading Room since 2008 and as supervisor of collections management for the division.“Grant Harris, an internationally known librarian, brings outstanding...
    • Date: 2017-03-20

February 2017

  • February 9, 2017  (17-018)
    New Chief for Geography and Map Division Paulette Marie Hasier has been appointed chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress. Hasier has nearly 20 years of library and geospatial information program management experience, most recently as branch chief of the U. S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Research Center and Pentagon Map Library. Hasier is the ninth person and first woman to be named chief of...
    • Date: 2017-02-09
  • February 7, 2017  (17-016)
    Pioneer in African-American History Is Subject of Book Discussion Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) was only the second African American to work at the Library of Congress when he joined the staff in 1871; 10 years later he became assistant librarian, a position he held for 41 years. Murray bequeathed his papers to the Library upon his death in 1925.The story of Murray and the rise and fall of America’s black upper class...
    • Date: 2017-02-07