Press contact: Deanna McCray-James (202)-707-9322
Public contact: Visitors Services (202) 707-8000

January 26, 2009

Main Reading Room Open for Washington's Birthday

In honor of the federal Washington's Birthday Holiday, the magnificent Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building welcomes visitors for a special public open house on Monday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E. Washington, DC.

The Great Hall, the Library of Congress Experience and other Library exhibitions will also be open to visitors, including "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition," which opens with special evening hours on Feb. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.

On Feb. 16, the Main Reading Room will be open for viewing only. No reference services will be available and all other reading rooms and facilities will be closed.

Unreserved guided tours of the Thomas Jefferson Buildings will be offered at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Tours begin at the Visitors Theater on the ground floor. Public tours, which are limited to 50 people, are designed to accommodate individuals and families, not large groups. More information about the Library or tours is available at the Orientation Desks or www.loc.gov/visit/ or by calling (202) 707-8000.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world’s knowledge in almost all of the world’s languages and America’s private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. Included in its collections are the presidential papers of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s Web site at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a new personalized Web site at myLOC.gov.

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PR 09-014
01/26/09
ISSN 0731-3527

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