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Library of Congress
Flag of the United States Library of Congress 2.svg
Flag of the Library of Congress
Established April 24, 1800; 221 years ago (1800-04-24)
Location Washington, D.C., U.S.
Coordinates 38°53′19″N 77°00′17″W / 38.88861°N 77.00472°W / 38.88861; -77.00472Coordinates: 38°53′19″N 77°00′17″W / 38.88861°N 77.00472°W / 38.88861; -77.00472
Branches N/A
Size More than 38 million books and other printed materials, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts, 5,711 incunabula, and 122,810,430 items in the nonclassified (special) collections:
more than 167,000,000 total items
Access and use
Circulation Library does not publicly circulate
Population served The 535 members of the United States Congress, their staff, and the American citizenry.
Other information
Budget $684,040,000
Director Carla Hayden (Librarian of Congress)
Staff 3,105

The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress.

The head of the Library is the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.


The primary function of the Library of Congress is to serve the Congress. ... The Library welcomes public use of its general reference facilities and endeavors to offer the widest possible use of its collections consistent with their preservation and with its obligation to serve the Congress and other government agencies.The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S.Copyright Office.Libraries are important cornerstones of a healthy community. ... College students often use the library when they are home for the weekend or for holidays. And the reference resources in public libraries are usually unavailable elsewhere in the community. The library is a unique and valuable resource.

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