National Book Festival Presents Winter and Spring Events as Series Continues
National Book Festival Presents, the new series from the Library of Congress showcasing authors, their books, and related Library treasures, will continue with a winter and spring season of events featuring Alice McDermott, Douglas Brinkley, Margaret Atwood, Nan Talese, Richard Ford, Joy Harjo and other authors.The season will kick off with “Fearless: A Tribute to Irish American Women” on Feb. 6, featuring novelist Alice...
January 13, 2020
Jason Reynolds Named New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jason Reynolds as the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020-2021. The Newbery Honor recipient succeeds Jacqueline Woodson, who served as National Ambassador in 2018-2019.Reynolds is the author of 13 books for young people including his most recent, “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told...
January 13, 2020
Library of Congress Accepting Applications for 2020 Literacy Awards Until March 6
Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards from Jan. 13 to March 6. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad....
December 19, 2019
Holiday Schedule Dec. 2019-Jan. 2020
The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2019 and early January 2020:Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day)All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s...
December 18, 2019
New Endowment to Support National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
The Library of Congress today announced a major endowment in support of the work of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Established by Susan D. Diskin in honor of her late mother, the Tiby Diskin Memorial Fund will provide resources for the Library to expand its services to individuals with visual impairments and other print disabilities.The first initiative made...
December 18, 2019
Librarian of Congress Appoints Maria Strong as Acting Register of Copyrights
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that she has appointed Maria Strong as Acting Register of Copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office, effective January 5, 2020. She succeeds Register of Copyrights Karyn A. Temple, who announced last week that she will be leaving the Copyright Office to accept a new position in the private sector.“I am pleased to announce that Maria...
December 16, 2019
Library of Congress Opens Nominations for Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians
To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2019.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library...
December 12, 2019
Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program
For the third year, the Library of Congress is announcing a Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s national collections. Applications will be accepted from December 12, 2019 to January 17, 2020. The Library will select up to nine applicants for a six-month residency beginning in July 2020. The...
December 11, 2019
Women Rule 2019 National Film Registry
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage, the films in the class of 2019 range from Prince’s 1984 autobiographical hit “Purple Rain” and Spike Lee’s 1986 breakout movie “She’s...
Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2019 Holland Prize Winner
The Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today that the 2019 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to an architectural team at Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., led by Christopher Howard, an assistant professor of architecture and planning. The prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.The top prize went to a drawing featuring the...
November 19, 2019
Jefferson Building Access Changes - Nov. 20
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, public access to the first floor (including the Great Hall) and West Main doors of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be restricted from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to a special event. The public may enter through the West Basement (Carriage) doors and may access public spaces on the ground and second floors of...
November 18, 2019
Hip Hop and Human-Computer Interaction Focus of 2020 Innovators in Residence
The Library of Congress today announced the arrival of its 2020 Innovators in Residence, who will break new ground at the intersections of technology and hip hop, historic newspapers and classic illustrations. Established in 2017 to invite creative people to develop research concepts and projects that connect the American people with the Library’s vast collections, the Innovator in Residence program brings some of the...
Conversation with Martha Nussbaum at the Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence
NOTE: This event has been canceled.The Law Library of Congress will present a conversation with philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum for the 2019 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Mumford Room of the Library of Congress, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building. The program is free and open...
November 13, 2019
Author to Discuss Former Congressman's Experience in World War II Internment Camp
The 10th annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program will feature award-winning writer Andrea Warren and her book “Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II” (Holiday House).The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor...
November 12, 2019
New, Vivid History of Pre- and Post-Columbian Art Featured in 'Collecting for a New World'
A new book explores the history of the early Americas — a story of before and after, defined and divided by the pivotal moment of contact, in 1492, between Europeans and the indigenous cultures of the New World — told through the collection of early American treasures in the Library of Congress.On the European side, this is a tale of exploration, high-stakes treasure seeking...
November 8, 2019
Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for the 2020 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program
The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2020 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. This is a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world. For more information or to apply for the program, visit https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 20. From exploring new ways...
November 8, 2019
Newly Digitized Veterans History Project Collection Showcasing Veteran Artists
Researchers, veterans and their families now have access to “Veterans and the Arts,” an online “Experiencing War” website feature highlighting the stories of veterans who pursued the arts during their post-military lives. This new feature includes nine digitized collections from the Veterans History Project (VHP) archive, each of which holds the first-person narrative of a veteran who used artistic endeavors – such as music,...
Library of Congress Hosts GIS Day 2019
The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response.The discussions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street....
October 22, 2019
Library of Congress and U.S. Government Publishing Office Digitizing U.S. Congressional Serial Set
The Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Government Publishing Office, has started a large multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set dating back to the first volume published in 1817.The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is an official, bound collection of reports and documents of the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress. First published...
October 18, 2019
Librarian of Congress Names New Copyright Royalty Judge
Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden today announced her appointment of Steve Ruwe to the position of copyright royalty judge on the Copyright Royalty Board. Effective Oct. 13, Ruwe will serve an interim appointment through Dec. 7, 2019, followed by a six-year appointment.Ruwe is filling a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Jesse Feder as Chief Judge. He will serve on the Copyright...
Library Receives $1M Mellon Grant to Experiment with Digital Collections as Big Data
The Library of Congress has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) project, which will pilot ways to combine cutting edge technology and the collections of the largest library in the world, to support digital research at scale. “As technology advances, we envision a future in which all users —...
Garth Brooks to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that country music titan Garth Brooks is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The multiple hall of famer is the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize.“Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music,” said Librarian of Congress Carla...
October 1, 2019
Kluge Center Welcomes Chairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholars
The John W. Kluge Center has announced the arrival of several scholars-in-residence at the Library of Congress.Andrea Campbell holds the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance. Campbell is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She works on American politics, political behavior, public opinion and political equality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health...
September 30, 2019
Library Announces Grant Recipients for Teaching with Primary Sources
The Library of Congress today announced the selection of four organizations that will receive more than $1.1 million through its Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program to support the effective use of digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. The selected organizations will focus their efforts on creating teaching materials and professional opportunities for teachers using Library of Congress online resources.The Library received 35 proposals...
September 27, 2019
Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Awards 2019 Music Commissions
The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to four composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Erin Gee and JACK Quartet; George E. Lewis and PUBLIQuartet; David...
September 24, 2019
Library of Congress Hosts Events Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month runs between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The Hispanic Division and the Hispanic Cultural Society at the Library of Congress will host workshops, displays and readings that celebrate Hispanic identity, civilization and culture inside the Hispanic Reading Room. The reading room is located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20540. Highlighting the...
September 24, 2019
Library to Mark 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's Birth with Display of Special Collections
A special display at the Library of Congress will mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth on Oct. 2, featuring a letter written in Gandhi’s hand, a rare copy of the Indian Constitution and other items exploring Gandhi’s influence on Martin Luther King Jr. and the U.S. civil rights movement.The one-day display from the Library’s collections will be presented Oct. 2 from 11...
New Website Makes the U.S. Constitution Searchable with Supreme Court Interpretations Throughout History
In celebration of Constitution Day, the Library of Congress is launching a new website – constitution.congress.gov – for the Constitution Annotated, the authoritative source for how the Supreme Court has interpreted the nation’s governing document over the years.With advanced search tools and a modern user-friendly interface, the new website makes the 3,000 pages of the Constitution Annotated fully searchable and accessible for the first...
Kluge Center Announces a Fall Lineup of Public Events
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce its schedule of fall conversations featuring renowned scholars and authors. All events will be held in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are suggested and available via Eventbrite.Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m. John W....
September 9, 2019
Library Goes Back to School with Teachers of Science and Civics
The Library of Congress kicked off the 2019-20 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus who will work closely with the Library’s learning and innovation team to help make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers throughout the United States.Jen Reidel, a civics teacher from Bellingham, Wash., has been named the 2019-2020 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of...
September 6, 2019
Mission Medevac: Library's Veterans History Project Hosts Changemakers Panel on Medical Evacuations
The advent of medical evacuations by air has saved the lives of countless American soldiers. From the Vietnam War to Iraq and Afghanistan, medevac aircraft and crews have provided rapid medical evacuations enabling crews to rapidly move wounded soldiers out of the front lines and into hospital facilities for treatment.On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project will bring together a...
September 5, 2019
Library of Congress Crowdsourcing Effort Challenges People to Explore Folk and Music Traditions
From hot summer days in Mississippi to windy nights in the Caribbean, the Library of Congress’ latest crowdsourcing campaign, launched today, challenges virtual volunteers to explore folk and music traditions through the eyes and writings of one of America’s most famous 20th century folklorists, musicologists and oral historians: Alan Lomax.The new campaign — “The Man who Recorded the World: On the Road with Alan...
August 31, 2019
19th Annual National Book Festival Attracts Tens of Thousands of Book Lovers
Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s YouTube platform.The festival showcased more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators, who appeared...
August 29, 2019
Library of Congress Announces Winners of 2019 Literacy Awards
Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will award the top prizes to: ProLiteracy Worldwide of Syracuse, New York; American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults of...
August 21, 2019
2019 National Book Festival Offers Adventures for Families, Readers of All Ages
An exciting lineup of more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators – including nearly 50 who write for children and teens – as well as readings, trivia, costumed characters and interactive exhibits will provide a wide variety of family-friendly activities at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 19th festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m....
August 20, 2019
Joy Harjo to Give Opening Reading as Poet Laureate, Sept. 19
Awarding-winning poet Joy Harjo will give her inaugural reading as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, Harjo is the first Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate.The historic reading marks the beginning of Harjo’s laureateship, which traditionally launches the Library’s 2019-2020 literary season....
August 8, 2019
Library of Congress Announces 2019-2020 Concert Season
The Library of Congress is launching a spectacular and richly diverse 2019-2020 season with a concert by jazz icon and master pianist Chucho Valdés on Oct. 12, 2019. Marking the 95th season of the “Concerts from the Library of Congress” series is an impressive roster of more than 95 free events features classical music, jazz, pop, musical theater and dance. Concerts, lectures, film screenings...
August 1, 2019
Library Websites Down August 9-11
Due to a planned power outage, most of the Library’s public websites (loc.gov and others) will be unavailable from 5 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11. Copyright.gov, Congress.gov and catalog.loc.gov, however, will remain available. On Saturday, Aug. 10, all reading rooms and research areas, the Library Shop, and the Madison and Adams buildings will be closed to the public. The Thomas...
July 29, 2019
Rare 2,000-Year-Old Text of Early Buddhism Now Online
The Library of Congress has restored and made available online the Gandhara Scroll, a manuscript dating back to around the first century B.C., that offers insight into early Buddhist history. The scroll is one of the world’s oldest Buddhist manuscripts.The scroll originates from Gandhara, an ancient Buddhist region located in what is now the northern border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The scroll tells...
Papers of President James Garfield Now Online
The papers of President James A. Garfield, who was assassinated in the first year of his short presidency, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, mostly dating from 1850 to 1881. The collection is online at: loc.gov/collections/james-a-garfield-papers/about-this-collection.Garfield’s papers include correspondence, diaries, speeches, records of his Civil War military...