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March 13, 1995

Library of Congress Publishes Annual Report for 1993

The Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress for 1993 has just been released for public acquisition. It was submitted to Congress earlier by Librarian James H. Billington and accepted by the legislative body. The report, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993, describes the Library's activities in its three buildings in southeast Washington, D.C., and in national and international outreach programs.

Of particular note in the Librarian's report is the high level of service to the 103rd Congress, which included 129 new members. The Congressional Research Service, the arm of the Library that works exclusively for Congress, provided service to every member and every committee of the legislative body during 1993, responding to more than 615,000 congressional requests.

During the year, the size of the Library's collections grew to 104,834,652 items, while 27,456,787 items were processed, cutting the backlog of uncatalogued items by 18.2 percent.

Two major exhibitions, Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture, January 8 through April 30, and Scrolls from the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship, April 20 through August 1, together attracted some 400,000 visitors.

April saw the beginning of new electronic access to the Library's bibliographic data bases and other records over the Internet. Early in the fiscal year, the Library of Congress News Service began offering information about the Library to computer users dialing in over telephone lines. The News Service received more than 10,000 calls in 1993.

The year also saw the opening of the Library of Congress Child Care Center on Capitol Hill after years of work for its establishment to serve children of legislative branch employees.

These and other Library activities are described in the 1993 annual report. The paperbound publication is available from the Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250- 7954, for $4.75. Cite stock number S/N 030-000-00260-1 when ordering.

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PR 95-024
ISSN 0731-3527

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