News from the Library of Congress

June 2020

  • June 10, 2020  (20-040)
    Library of Congress Cancels Public Events Until September 1 The Library of Congress announced today that it will cancel all scheduled public events at the Library until Sept. 1 as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs that have been canceled. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities.Library of Congress buildings...
    • Date: 2020-06-10

April 2020

  • April 14, 2020  (20-030)
    Library of Congress Cancels Public Events Until July 1 The Library of Congress announced today that it will cancel all scheduled public events at the Library until July 1 as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs that have been canceled. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities.Library of Congress buildings...
    • Date: 2020-04-14

March 2020

  • March 26, 2020  (20-025)
    Library Extends Public Facility Access Closures Until Further Notice Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. The Library has reduced the number of people in Library buildings to a very small number of necessary individuals.As previously announced, all Library-sponsored public programs and...
    • Date: 2020-03-26
  • March 17, 2020  (20-024)
    Library of Congress Cancels Public Events Until May 11 The Library of Congress announced today that all public events at the Library are canceled until May 11 to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs that have been canceled. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities.Library of Congress buildings and facilities remain closed to the public until...
    • Date: 2020-03-17
  • March 12, 2020  (20-022)
    Library of Congress Announces Limited Access to Facilities Until April 1 Out of an abundance of caution, the Library of Congress announced today that all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, starting at 5 p.m. today until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Library employees, contractors, invited and escorted visitors, and other...
    • Date: 2020-03-12
  • March 9, 2020  (20-018)
    Library Enhances Reading Room Access for Researchers Beginning Monday, April 6, the Library of Congress will modify the evening public service hours and associated reference services within three reading rooms. The new service hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours in these reading room will remain 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours in the Library’s other reading rooms are not affected. The following...
    • Date: 2020-03-09

December 2019

November 2019

  • November 19, 2019  (19-A04)
    Jefferson Building Access Changes - Nov. 20 On Wednesday, Nov. 20, public access to the first floor (including the Great Hall) and West Main doors of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be restricted from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to a special event. The public may enter through the West Basement (Carriage) doors and may access public spaces on the ground and second floors of...
    • Date: 2019-11-19

August 2019

  • August 1, 2019  (19-A03)
    Library Websites Down August 9-11 Due to a planned power outage, most of the Library’s public websites (loc.gov and others) will be unavailable from 5 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11. Copyright.gov, Congress.gov and catalog.loc.gov, however, will remain available. On Saturday, Aug. 10, all reading rooms and research areas, the Library Shop, and the Madison and Adams buildings will be closed to the public. The Thomas...
    • Date: 2019-08-01

June 2019

  • June 19, 2019  (19-A02)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Early Closure - Jun. 22 On Saturday, June 22, the Great Hall, all exhibitions, all reading rooms and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will CLOSE at 3 p.m. 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...
    • Date: 2019-06-19

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 3, 2018  (18-A09)
    Library of Congress Closed December 5 In observance of the national day of mourning honoring former President George H.W. Bush Wednesday, December 5, all Library buildings will be CLOSED and all public events and services are canceled.The Library will resume normal operations Thursday, December 6.
    • Date: 2018-12-03

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 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

April 2018

  • April 20, 2018  (18-A06)
    Jefferson Building Delayed Opening April 25 Due to a special event on Wednesday, Apr. 25, the Thomas Jefferson Building will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. to the public. The Great Hall, all exhibitions, the Library Shop in the Jefferson building as well as the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will not be open to the public until 10 a.m.Researchers with...
    • Date: 2018-04-20

February 2018

  • February 13, 2018  (18-A05)
    Websites Down Feb. 16–19 Due to a planned power outage, most of the Library’s public websites (loc.gov and others) will be unavailable from 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19. Congress.gov will be available during the February 16-19 maintenance period. System data will be current, but saved searches and new alert subscriptions will not be available. On Saturday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 19, all...
    • Date: 2018-02-13
  • February 9, 2018  (18-A04)
    Library Expected to Open Feb. 9 Federal funding has lapsed and the federal government is shut down. However, following Congressional action, a final funding measure has been sent to the President for signature.The Library of Congress is expected to open on Friday, February 9, after the President has signed the bill. If so, Library's buildings will be open to the public and its services available normally, and all public events...
    • Date: 2018-02-09
  • February 7, 2018  (18-A03)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, February 9, 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...
    • Date: 2018-02-07

January 2018

  • January 20, 2018  (18-A02)
    Federal Government Shutdown Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government that began at 12:01 a.m., January 20, all Library of Congress buildings are now closed and all public events are canceled until further notice.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...
    • Date: 2018-01-20
  • 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
  • January 17, 2018  (18-A01)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, January 20, 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 updated. Copyright.gov...
    • Date: 2018-01-17

December 2017

  • December 20, 2017  (17-A09)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, December 23, 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 updated. Copyright.gov...
    • Date: 2017-12-20
  • December 7, 2017  (17-A08)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, December 9, 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 updated. Copyright.gov...
    • Date: 2017-12-07

November 2017

  • November 8, 2017  (17-A07)
    Hours of Operation, Nov. 10-11 On Friday, November 10th, the Jefferson Building Great Hall and exhibitions at the Library of Congress will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. All reading rooms and the Madison and Adams Buildings will be closed to the public for the federal holiday.On Saturday, November 11, the Great Hall, exhibitions and the Library...
    • Date: 2017-11-08

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

May 2017

  • May 17, 2017  (17-A04)
    Jefferson Building To Close Early May 17 On Wednesday, May 17, 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, West Basement (Carriage) 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...
    • Date: 2017-05-17

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

January 2017

  • January 18, 2017  (17-007)
    Young Readers Center Adds Saturday Hours The Young Readers Center in the Library of Congress will host a series of events on Jan. 28 celebrating its new Saturday hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center, which opened in October 2009, will offer more young people and their families the opportunity to experience the wonders and resources of the nation’s library.Activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2017-01-18
  • January 11, 2017  (17-A01)
    Special Federal Holiday and Inauguration Week Schedule The following is the operation schedule, including building closures for the Library of Congress during the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inauguration Week (January 16-21).Monday, January 16 -  (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Federal Holiday). The Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All reading rooms, the John Adams Building and the James Madison Memorial...
    • Date: 2017-01-11

December 2016

  • December 14, 2016  (16-A08)
    Holiday Schedule, Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017 The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2016 and January 2017:Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will CLOSE at 1 p.m.Monday, December 26 (Christmas Day, Federal Holiday Observed) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Saturday, December...
    • Date: 2016-12-14
  • December 9, 2016  (16-A07)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, December 10, 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 updated. Copyright.gov...
    • Date: 2016-12-09

September 2016

  • September 1, 2016  (16-A04)
    Jefferson Building To Close September 14 On Wednesday, September 14, the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson building, on the Capitol Hill campus will be closed to the public due to a special event.
    • Date: 2016-09-01

August 2016

  • August 17, 2016  (16-A03)
    Jefferson Building To Close Early August 29 On Monday, August 29, 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 4 p.m. for a special event.
    • Date: 2016-08-17

July 2016

April 2016

  • April 28, 2016  (16-004)
    THOMAS.gov to Retire July 5 THOMAS.gov, the online legislative information system, will officially retire July 5, completing the multi-year transition to Congress.gov.
    • Date: 2016-04-28

February 2016

  • February 9, 2016  (16-028)
    Maguire Lecture Featuring David Hollenbach Rescheduled to April 26 The Maguire Lecture at the Library of Congress by theologian and human-rights scholar David Hollenbach—which was postponed on Jan. 26 because of the government’s closing for inclement weather—has been rescheduled to April 26.
    • Date: 2016-02-09
  • February 1, 2016  (16-023)
    The Library of Congress by the Numbers in 2015 The Library of Congress today released statistics for fiscal year 2015. Its collection now comprises more than 162 million physical items in a wide variety of formats.
    • Date: 2016-02-01

January 2016

December 2015

  • December 9, 2015  (15-A08)
    Holiday Schedule, Dec. 2015–Jan. 2016 The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2015 and January 2016.
    • Date: 2015-12-09
  • December 1, 2015  (15-A07)
    Jefferson Building To Close December 3 On Thursday, December 3, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed to the public for a special event.
    • Date: 2015-12-01

November 2015

  • November 18, 2015  (15-A06)
    Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule All Library of Congress buildings will be CLOSED to the general public on Thursday, Nov. 26 in observance of the federal Thanksgiving holiday.
    • Date: 2015-11-18

September 2015

  • September 29, 2015  (15-A05)
    Advisory: In Event of Federal Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Thursday, October 1, all Library of Congress buildings will close to the public and researchers.
    • Date: 2015-09-29
  • September 18, 2015  (15-A04)
    Modified Building Access Sept. 24 The Library of Congress will be open on Thursday, Sept. 24, for regular business hours. However, due to the Pope’s address to Congress at the U.S. Capitol, public access to the buildings will be modified.
    • Date: 2015-09-18
  • September 3, 2015  (15-A03)
    Library Websites Experiencing Outages Due to unexpected equipment failures, some function of the Library website are unavailable.
    • Date: 2015-09-03

August 2015

June 2015

December 2014

  • December 11, 2014  (14-A06)
    Holiday Schedule, Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015 The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2014 and January 2015:
    • Date: 2014-12-11