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The Library of Congress Bicentennial
The Library of Congress has more than 119 million items! These items are stored on more than 530 miles of shelves in three buildings near the U.S. Capitol building. In addition to the Jefferson Building, the Library has expanded to two more buildings: the John Adams Building and the James Madison Building. The oldest written material in the Library dates to 2040 B.C. But the Library also has millions of items in digital format too, and it gets bigger every day. About 4 million items were added to the Library in 1999 alone. If you visit Washington, D.C., be sure to visit the Library of Congress, across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
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