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US Library of Congress Biography

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“The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with nearly 128 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 57 million manuscripts.”

“About the Library: Welcome from the Office of the Librarian” Library of Congress website (accessed Feb. 26, 2007)


“The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.”

“About the Library: History, Mission and Priorities,” Library of Congress website (accessed Feb. 26, 2007)

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