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Construction of the Library of Congress, 1893.
Nearly 130 million books, maps, photos, videos, sound recordings, digital items and other materials are housed in the Library of Congress

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Books for Congress
April 24, 1800

In the two centuries since its founding, the Library has taken on the mission of making its resources available and useful not only to Congress but also to the American people. The Library of Congress preserves a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The Library is so big that it outgrew its first building, the Thomas Jefferson, which opened in 1897. It has expanded to two other buildings, the John Adams and James Madison buildings. The vast holdings of the Library number more than 130 million items--and most of those items are not books. They are manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, music, video and sound recordings, and even digital materials. Besides what you see on this page, what else have you seen of those 130 million holdings? Share with your family the amazing resources of your Library of Congress.
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