News from the Library of Congress

February 2018

  • February 26, 2018  (18-009)
    NLS Rolls Out New Outreach Campaign to Improve Accessibility The Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) today launched a major outreach campaign to educate the public about the free services it provides to U.S. residents and American citizens abroad with visual impairments and other disabilities.NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness or a physical...
    • Date: 2018-02-26
  • February 22, 2018  (18-021)
    Library to Host Screening of "4 Little Girls" The Library of Congress Feb. 27 will host an evening screening of the Spike Lee documentary “4 Little Girls,” about the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, a seminal and tragic event in civil rights history.The screening will be held at 6 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the iconic Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,...
    • Date: 2018-02-22
  • February 22, 2018  (18-016)
    Women's History Month Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host an array of events and programming throughout March that celebrate and commemorate women and their contributions to STEM, history, civil rights, justice and the arts. All of the following events are free and open to the public.The Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will host two discussions with five women in the arts. These events will also be livestreamed...
    • Date: 2018-02-22
  • February 22, 2018  (18-008)
    Los Angeles Exhibition to Showcase Photography from Library of Congress A selection of nearly 500 images discovered within a collection of more than 14 million pictures at the Library of Congress will be featured in a new exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The exhibition, “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library,” will be open to the public April 21 through Sept. 9, 2018.Working closely for several years...
    • Date: 2018-02-22
  • February 21, 2018  (18-019)
    Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Now Online The papers of President James Buchanan, who presided in the four years leading up to the Civil War, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress, along with the papers of his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as first lady in the White House. Buchanan was the nation’s only president who never married.The Buchanan...
    • Date: 2018-02-21
  • February 20, 2018  (18-003)
    Library of Congress to Host National Cherry Blossom Festival Events The Library of Congress will host a lecture on the National Cherry Blossom Festival poster process on April 5 and Japanese Culture Day on April 7 in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual celebration in Washington, D.C., of its gift of cherry trees from Japan.Thomas Burns, creator of the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival poster, will present a lecture about the...
    • Date: 2018-02-20
  • February 13, 2018  (18-A05)
    Websites Down Feb. 16–19 Due to a planned power outage, most of the Library’s public websites ( and others) will be unavailable from 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19. 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 13, 2018  (18-013)
    March at Packard Campus Offers an Award Tour Spanning Eight Decades In March, the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will screen a wide variety of motion-picture genres spanning eight decades, from “Captains Courageous” (1937), featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Spencer Tracy, to the epic best picture Oscar winner for 2000, “Gladiator,” starring Russell Crowe. Other titles in the lineup include Dreamworks’ animated musical adaptation of the story of Moses, “The Prince of Egypt,” and...
    • 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 9, 2018  (18-011)
    Kluge Center Convenes Symposium on 1619's Cultural Exchange The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will convene a symposium, titled “1619 and The Making of America,” that will bring together respected scholars to explore the intricate encounters of Africans, Europeans and native people during this significant period in America’s history.The symposium, held in collaboration with the Middle Passage Project of the College of William & Mary, the Virginia Commonwealth’s...
    • 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 will not be...
    • Date: 2018-02-07
  • February 5, 2018  (18-007)
    New VHP Web Feature Marks 75th Anniversary of Guadalcanal Battle The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched its new “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Guadalcanal: 75 Years Later,” recognizing the anniversary of the end of the major World War II campaign known as the Battle of Guadalcanal.The feature highlights 12 digitized collections found in the VHP archive, each of which includes the first-person narrative of a veteran who fought in this...
    • Date: 2018-02-05
  • 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

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 will not be updated.
    • Date: 2017-12-20
  • December 20, 2017  (17-185)
    Historical Versions of the United States Code Now Online More than 60 years of U.S. laws are now published online and accessible for free for the first time after being acquired by the Library of Congress. The Library has made available the main editions and supplements of the United States Code from 1925 through the 1988 edition.The U.S. Code is a compilation of federal laws arranged by subject by the Office of the...
    • Date: 2017-12-20
  • December 19, 2017  (17-182)
    Distinguished Panel of Judges for Congressional Data Challenge Announced The Library of Congress today announced the notable panel of judges who will select the winners of the Library’s ongoing Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. The four-person panel, composed of experts in data visualization, application development, the U.S....
    • Date: 2017-12-19
  • 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
  • December 14, 2017  (17-184)
    Library Seeks Applicants for Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2018 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world.From exploring new ways to support digital scholars, developing new preservation techniques and curating historical materials to making veterans histories more accessible, the 2018 Junior Fellows...
    • Date: 2017-12-14
  • December 13, 2017  (17-178)
    2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams' Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of...
    • Date: 2017-12-13
  • December 12, 2017  (17-180)
    Classic Columbia Pictures Featured at the Packard Campus Theater The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will pay tribute to Columbia Pictures’ centennial year with screenings of features dating from the studio’s first picture release, “Submarine,” directed by Frank Capra, to the British Cold War spy spoof “Our Man in Havana” (1959) the starring Alec Guinness. Also, the January lineup dedicates the final week of screenings to famed director Capra, with “It Happened...
    • Date: 2017-12-12
  • December 12, 2017  (17-179)
    Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library's website. The collection, "Selections from the National Film Registry," is also available to the public on YouTube.These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their...
    • Date: 2017-12-12
  • December 11, 2017  (17-183)
    Symposium to Explore Scientific Illustration from Renaissance to Digital Age A symposium March 15-16 will examine how creative illustrations have extended human understanding of science. The Library of Congress will bring together historians specializing in the scientific illustrations of the Renaissance with contemporary scientists, technologists and artists to explore the longstanding relationship between science and illustration.The symposium, “Imagining the Extraordinary: Scientific Illustration from the Renaissance to the Digital Age,” will feature experts from NASA,...
    • Date: 2017-12-11
  • 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
  • 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 will not be updated.
    • Date: 2017-12-07

November 2017

  • November 30, 2017  (17-177)
    Librarian of Congress Presents Holiday Story Time The Library of Congress will host a special edition of the Young Readers Center weekly story time with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, on Friday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.Hayden, who started her career as a children’s librarian, will read a selection from the beloved Paddington Bear series. Families with children of all ages are...
    • Date: 2017-11-30
  • November 29, 2017  (17-173)
    Kluge Fellow To Present Cutting-Edge Research on Social Media and Politics Kluge Fellow Todd L. Belt will share his findings on the impact of social media on attitudes, behaviors and voter choices in an afternoon lecture at the Library of Congress titled, “How Effective is Social Media, Really?”The lecture will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, located at 10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. The event...
    • Date: 2017-11-29
  • November 21, 2017  (17-155)
    Library of Congress Acquires Extremely Rare Mesoamerican Codex The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century. After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public at codex, also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, represents one of the...
    • Date: 2017-11-21
  • 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
  • November 15, 2017  (17-172)
    Tony Bennett Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Celebrated performer Tony Bennett, the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, Nov. 15. The diverse group of performers will pay homage to Bennett’s extraordinary gift as an interpreter of America’s songbook—showcasing some his most memorable songs—at...
    • Date: 2017-11-15
  • November 13, 2017  (17-170)
    Double Features, Musicals and Hollywood Stars on Screen at Packard Campus Theater During double feature December, the Library’s Packard Campus will showcase pairs of films from the 1930s that feature great directors, Western cinematography, leading ladies and iconic romances. Titles include King Vidor’s New York City drama “Street Scene” paired with William A. Wellman’s rarely seen “Stingaree” and “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, paired with Cary Grant in the British romantic comedy “Romance...
    • Date: 2017-11-13
  • November 13, 2017  (17-169)
    Library to Host Symposium on Early Research of Papers of King George III Scholars who were recently among the first to examine the papers of King George III, the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, in the Georgian Papers at England’s Windsor Castle will reveal their early findings in a symposium Friday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at the Library of Congress.The event is free, but tickets are required. To secure tickets, visit...
    • Date: 2017-11-13
  • 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
  • November 8, 2017  (17-168)
    Papers of Abraham Lincoln Now Online in Full Color Abraham Lincoln’s papers from his time as a lawyer, congressman and the 16th president are now online in full color in a new presentation after a multi-year digitization effort at the Library of Congress.The Library holds a collection of more than 40,000 Lincoln documents dating from 1774 through Lincoln’s presidency and beyond, including materials from his campaigns, Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses and...
    • Date: 2017-11-08
  • November 7, 2017  (17-149)
    Veterans History Project Launches Web Feature Recognizing Medal of Honor Recipients The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched its latest “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Stories Above and Beyond: The Medal of Honor,” which offers access to nearly 150 digitized collections of Medal of Honor recipients. The veterans’ service spans World War II to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each collection uniquely illustrates the evident courage and intrepidity of these...
    • Date: 2017-11-07
  • November 6, 2017  (17-139)
    New Chief for the Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Division Announced Kimberley Bugg, a librarian dedicated to the users of research services, has been named chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Division at the Library of Congress. Bugg has experience managing and coordinating all aspects of reference work at several academic libraries, including the Robert W. Woodruff Library (2006-2010), Villanova University (2011-2014) and the College of Technology—City University of New York (2014-2017). Bugg’s...
    • Date: 2017-11-06
  • November 3, 2017  (17-167)
    Library and WGBH Acquire Historic TV Coverage of Senate Watergate Hearings The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH announced today that gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973, donated to the Library by WETA Washington, D.C., has been digitally preserved and made available online. Produced by the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT), the hearings were taped during the day and rebroadcast every evening on public television for 51...
    • Date: 2017-11-03
  • November 3, 2017  (17-166)
    Library Acquires Archives of Iconic Talk Show Host Dick Cavett With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television. The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. The collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of...
    • Date: 2017-11-03
  • November 1, 2017  (17-163)
    Library Symposium on Geographic Information Systems The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day on Nov. 14 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology in the federal government and academia.The discussions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.,...
    • Date: 2017-11-01

October 2017