Library of Congress

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Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson had the idea that "There is, in fact, no subject to which a Member of Congress may not have occasion to refer." With that ambitious mandate, the Library of Congress eventually attained one of the most impressive collections in the world. The Library contains some 90 million items, of which slightly less than one-third are books and pamphlets, written in 470 languages Maps and atlases alone account for more than four million items.

Originally housed inside the Capitol, the Library of Congress and all of its resources were destroyed by fire during a British attack on the Capitol during the W 1812. Then, retired President Jefferson offered his sonal collection of 6,487 books to start a new library which has since grown and expanded into three large and expanded into three large and impressive buildings named for Presidents Jefferson, Adams and Madison.

 
The Jefferson Building opened in 1897, followed by the Adams in 1939 and the Madison, which opened in 1980.




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