News from the Library of Congress

September 2008

  • September 19, 2008  (08-A03)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Closed to Public Sept. 26 The Great Hall, all exhibits and the Library Shop within the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed all day, Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, to the public. No visitors will be allowed in the Jefferson Building; however, Reading Rooms will operate normally for researchers.
    • Date: 2008-09-19

April 2008

  • April 23, 2008  (08-069)
    Library of Congress Opens Main Reading Room to Researchers Age 16 and Older The Library of Congress today announced that the minimum age for use of the Main Reading Room to access the Library’s physical collections for research purposes has been lowered to 16. The previous requirement was that researchers be above high school age.
    • Date: 2008-04-23
  • April 3, 2008  (08-068)
    Enhancing Scholarship and Research at the Library of Congress Contrary to recent concerns that have been raised, the European Reading Room of the Library of Congress will not be closed. Beginning this summer, the reading room will simply be relocated to the Southeast Pavilion, a space adjacent to the current reading room. This light-filled and domed room is situated adjacent to the European Division’s staff colonnade in the southeast corner of the Jefferson...
    • Date: 2008-04-03

March 2008

  • March 19, 2008  (08-A02)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Special Closures April 3 - 11 The Great Hall, exhibitions and Sales Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed from Thursday, April 3 through Friday, April 11 in preparation for the opening of a new Library of Congress Experience for visitors.
    • Date: 2008-03-19
  • March 3, 2008  (08-A01)
    Jefferson Building Special Closure, March 6 On Friday, March 6, the Great Hall, exhibitions and Sales Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be temporarily closed to the public until 2 p.m.
    • Date: 2008-03-03

February 2008

  • February 20, 2008  (08-035)
    Library of Congress Installs Communications System For Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Staff The Library of Congress has become one of the first federal agencies to implement an agency-wide “videophone” system that enables its deaf staff members who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with both hearing and deaf individuals. Using the videophones, deaf staff members can place Video Relay Service (VRS) calls, which are “relayed” through an ASL interpreter at a call center, to hearing...
    • Date: 2008-02-20

November 2007

  • November 14, 2007  (07-A04)
    Change in Access to AMED Reading Room From Monday, Nov. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 13, regular access to the Library's African and Middle Eastern Reading Room will change.
    • Date: 2007-11-14

September 2007

April 2007

  • April 27, 2007  (07-A02)
    Jefferson Building Closing Early, April 30 On Monday, April 30, the Great Hall, exhibitions and Sales Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed to the public beginning at noon.
    • Date: 2007-04-27

March 2007

  • March 26, 2007  (07-A01)
    Jefferson Building Closing Early, March 29 On Thursday, March 29, the Great Hall, exhibitions and sales shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed to the public beginning at noon.
    • Date: 2007-03-26

December 2006

  • December 28, 2006  (06-A10)
    Library to Close Jan. 2 for Ford State Funeral All buildings of the Library of Congress will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 2, in observance of the state funeral of President Gerald Ford in Washington.
    • Date: 2006-12-28
  • December 27, 2006  (06-A09)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Closed, Morning of Jan. 4 Due to a special event at the Library of Congress, the Thomas Jefferson Building will be closed to the public until 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 4.
    • Date: 2006-12-27
  • December 11, 2006  (06-A08)
    No Morning Public Tours Dec. 13 Due to special holiday events at the Library of Congress, there will be no public tours available in the Thomas Jefferson Building until after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
    • Date: 2006-12-11

September 2006

  • September 5, 2006  (06-A04)
    Jefferson Building Closed Sept. 29 On Friday, Sept. 29, the Great Hall and Great Hall exhibitions in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed all day to the public. No visitors will be allowed in the Jefferson Building, although researchers will be able to use all Jefferson Building reading rooms. The Sales Shop in the Jefferson Building will also be closed for the day.The...
    • Date: 2006-09-05

July 2006

  • July 28, 2006  (06-151)
    The Library of Congress' Bob Hope Gallery to Close Aug. 6 Through Aug. 17 The Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment, a permanent exhibition at the Library of Congress, will temporarily close, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, while construction related to the passageway from the Capitol Visitor Center is completed. Located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., the gallery will reopen on Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2006-07-28
  • July 18, 2006  (06-A03)
    Partial Closing of the Jefferson Building: July 20 A special event will close the Jefferson Building's Great Hall, public exhibition space and the Sales Shop until noon on Thursday, July 20. With exception for people with disabilities, the west front carriage entrance also will be closed to the public and staff during those hours. Jefferson Building reading rooms are accessible via Southeast entrance of the Jefferson Building (along 2nd Street) and via...
    • Date: 2006-07-18

June 2006

  • June 30, 2006  (06-133)
    U.S. Copyright Office Announces Fee Increases The U.S. Copyright Office will increase its registration filing fee to $45 per application effective July 1, 2006. Other increases include fees to document recordation, supplementary registration, search services, certifications of records and additional certificates.
    • Date: 2006-06-30

April 2006

  • April 27, 2006  (06-100)
    Poet Laureate Lecture May 11 is Cancelled Kooser’s lecture, “As Luck Would Have It,” to close the 2005-2006 literary season, has been canceled.
    • Date: 2006-04-27
  • April 21, 2006  (06-A02)
    Special Library of Congress Hours on April 26 Because of a special event on Wednesday April 26, there will be restricted access to the Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, and exhibitions. The west front Carriage Entrance, Great Hall and exhibition space of the Jefferson Building will be closed (except to those with previously scheduled building tours) between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. During those hours, the Carriage Entrance...
    • Date: 2006-04-21

January 2006

December 2005

September 2005

  • September 14, 2005  (05-A01)
    Jefferson Building of Library of Congress Closed Sept. 23 On Friday, Sept. 23, the Great Hall and Great Hall exhibits in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed all day to the public. No visitors will be allowed in the Jefferson Building, although researchers will be able to use all Jefferson Building Reading Rooms. The Sales Shop in the Jefferson Building will also be closed for the day.
    • Date: 2005-09-14

August 2005

  • August 8, 2005  (05-166)
    George and Ira Gershwin Room Closes on Aug. 13 for Construction The George and Ira Gershwin Room on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., will close on Saturday, Aug. 13, to prepare for construction related to the tunnel from the Capitol Visitor Center.
    • Date: 2005-08-08

March 2005

April 2003

  • April 24, 2003  (03-A01)
    Jefferson Building Restrictions May 6 On Tuesday, May 6, 2003, the Great Hall, exhibition areas and the Main Reading Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building will be closed.
    • Date: 2003-04-24

October 2002

  • October 9, 2002  (02-jclose)
    Jefferson Building to Close October 11 The Great Hall and Great Hall exhibition areas of the Thomas Jefferson Building will be closed to all staff and members of the public all day on Friday, October 11.
    • Date: 2002-10-09

May 2002

  • May 15, 2002  (02-071)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Remains Open to Tourists on Saturday, May 25 The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be open its normal hours to tourists (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) on Saturday, May 25, although the reading rooms in all three Library buildings on Capitol Hill will be closed due to necessary electrical repairs in the Madison Building. Because the repairs require the shutdown of the Library's computer system, the reading rooms...
    • Date: 2002-05-15

April 2002

October 2001

  • October 25, 2001  (01-162)
    Library of Congress Reopens to Public on October 26 The Library of Congress will reopen the Jefferson, Adams and Madison buildings to the public on October 26.
    • Date: 2001-10-25
  • October 24, 2001  (01-161)
    Library Closed to Public Oct. 25 The Library of Congress will be closed to the public on Thursday, October 25.
    • Date: 2001-10-24
  • October 22, 2001  (01-160)
    Building Opening Status The Library of Congress expects to announce by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23 when its Capitol Hill buildings will be open.
    • Date: 2001-10-22
  • October 17, 2001  (01-159)
    Library of Congress Buildings Temporarily Closed All Library of Congress buildings will be closed to the public and staff beginning Thursday, October 18 until such time as testing of the air supply systems is completed by the Centers for Disease Control.
    • Date: 2001-10-17
  • October 16, 2001  (01-157)
    Library of Congress Buildings Closed to Most Tourists Effective October 17, the three Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill will be closed to walk-in tourists and groups until further notice.
    • Date: 2001-10-16

September 2001

  • September 14, 2001  (01-134)
    Cholly Atkins Event Postponed The book discussion with Tony Award-winning choreographer, director and dancer Cholly Atkins, scheduled for September 21 in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium, has been postponed indefinitely because of illness.
    • Date: 2001-09-14
  • September 12, 2001  (01-133)
    Library of Congress Closed to Visitors and Tours Wednesday, September 12 Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill - the Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison buildings - are closed to visitors today, September 12. There will be no public tours of the Jefferson Building.
    • Date: 2001-09-12

February 2001

  • February 1, 2001  (01-017)
    Library of Congress Opens Additional Entrance of Madison Building to Public On February 15, the Library of Congress is reopening to the public the entrance of the James Madison Memorial Building located at First and C Streets S.E. Hours of entry at that entrance, as well as at the main entrance on Independence Avenue S.E., are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The...
    • Date: 2001-02-01

October 2000

  • October 20, 2000  (00-157)
    Law Library Hours to Change Beginning Monday, October 30, the Law Library's public service hours will change. The new public service hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.After a thorough review of Law Library Reading Room usage, the Library of Congress concluded that primary usage of the Law Library's collections and services occurs between the core hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. After 5:00...
    • Date: 2000-10-20
  • October 10, 2000  (00-156)
    Front Doors of Library's Madison Building to Close Temporarily The main entrance doors of the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress, located at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., will close for approximately six weeks beginning Saturday, Oct. 14, so that the ice melting system under the front plaza can be replaced. There will be no entry through the front doors during that period of time.The alternative door for researchers and visitors...
    • Date: 2000-10-10

June 2000

  • June 20, 2000  (00-093)
    All Facilities in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress Closed July 1-4 The Library's James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., will be closed from 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4, because of required electrical maintenance work. All public facilities in the building will be closed.On Monday, July 3, the Thomas Jefferson and John Adams buildings will also be closed because of the electrical work in the Madison Building, and on Tuesday they...
    • Date: 2000-06-20

January 2000

  • January 31, 2000  (00-006)
    All Library of Congress Buildings Closed February 19-21 Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, February 18, and continuing through Monday, February 21, all Library buildings will be closed. Because of the installation of a new telephone switch, there will be no operational telephones in any of the Library's buildings on Capitol Hill. For safety reasons, therefore, the Library has decided to close all of its facilities.The films that had been scheduled in the...
    • Date: 2000-01-31

May 1999

  • May 21, 1999  (99-078)
    Media Advisory Due to a D.C. water emergency, the Library of Congress has closed the Jefferson, Madison and Adams buildings today, May 21, until further notice. Please check the Library's recorded message line at (202) 707-5000 or our Web site at http://www.loc.gov for updated information. We regret any inconvenience to our patrons.
    • Date: 1999-05-21

April 1999

  • April 22, 1999  (99-058)
    All Three Library of Congress Buildings to Close on Friday, April 23 Due to additional security requirements related to events connected with the NATO summit, all Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill will be closed on Friday, April 23.Three public events previously scheduled for April 23 are cancelled: Poetry at Noon in the Pickford Theater; the 6:30 p.m. film program in the Pickford Theater; and the Juilliard String Quartet concert in the Coolidge Auditorium at...
    • Date: 1999-04-22
  • April 21, 1999  (99-057)
    Thomas Jefferson Building of Library of Congress to Close at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 23 Because of security requirements related to events connected with the NATO summit, all facilities in the Thomas Jefferson Building will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 23. This includes the Visitors Center, the Great Hall, the "American Treasures" exhibition, and all of the reading rooms in that building: the Main Reading Room; the African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic reading rooms;...
    • Date: 1999-04-21

March 1999

  • March 11, 1999  (99-035)
    Digital Library Visitors' Center To Close March 19 for Renovation The Digital Library Visitors' Center (DLVC) will close for renovation for a two-month period, beginning on March 19, 1999. The center is located in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress.During the renovation, demonstrations associated with the Library's National Digital Library Program, including the daily 1 p.m. public tour, will continue in room LJ119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson...
    • Date: 1999-03-11

June 1998

  • June 19, 1998  (98-101)
    LC To Close Streets Saturday, June 20 Library of Congress police will close two streets on Saturday, June 20, to make way for electrical substation work.Second Street S.E. between East Capitol Street and Independence Avenue will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Third Street S.E. between A Street and Independence Avenue will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 6 a.m. until noon...
    • Date: 1998-06-19

May 1998

  • May 1, 1998  (98-070)
    Library Police to Close Streets May 2 Library of Congress police will close two streets on Saturday, May 2 to make way for electrical substation work.Second Street S.E., between East Capitol Street and Independence Avenue, will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Third Street S.E., between A Street and Independence Avenue, will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 6 a.m. until noon...
    • Date: 1998-05-01

January 1998

  • January 21, 1998  (98-013)
    New Phone Number for Exhibitions Information The Library of Congress has a new telephone number to provide members of the public with information on its current exhibitions. It is (202) 707-4604.The old telephone number, (202) 707-8000, can still be used for general information on visitor services, tours, food services and the sales shops at the Library.Please include the new telephone number in your listings of Library exhibitions.
    • Date: 1998-01-21

February 1997

  • February 21, 1997  (97-027)
    Great Hall of Library of Congress Closed 10 a.m to Noon February 25 The Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, located at 10 First Street S.E., will open at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 25, instead of 10 a.m. for security reasons because of the visit of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.The first public tour for that day will begin at 1 p.m.Researchers and other users of the research facilities of the...
    • Date: 1997-02-21

January 1997

  • January 2, 1997  (97-001)
    Gutenberg Bible to be Removed from Display The Gutenberg Bible will be temporarily removed from display in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building on Wednesday, January 8. It is planned to return to public view on Monday, January 13.The Great Hall is open to visitors Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.The Jefferson Building is located at 10 First St., S.E. Guided tours are offered...
    • Date: 1997-01-02