News from the Library of Congress

June 2024

  • June 13, 2024  (24-052)
    Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn to Present National Film Registry Selections The Library of Congress will host its annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” series starting July 11. The series featuring films from the Library’s National Film Registry will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown on the southeast lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The scheduled films include:July 11: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) (1989 National Film Registry)July 18: “An American in Paris”...
    • Date: 2024-06-13
  • June 4, 2024  (23-A06)
    Jefferson Building Access June 11 and June 19 The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will have adjusted operating hours on June 11 and June 19.On Tuesday, June 11, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Thomas Jefferson Building. All exhibitions, public spaces and the Library Shop in the Jefferson Building will be closed for the entire day, and no timed-entry passes will be offered...
    • Date: 2024-06-04

May 2024

April 2024

  • April 26, 2024  (24-033)
    New Book 'California Gold' Highlights New Deal Folk Music Project A new book from the Library of Congress offers a compelling cultural snapshot of a diverse California during the late 1930s at the height of the New Deal. “California Gold: Sidney Robertson and the WPA California Folk Music Project” draws on the career of folk music collector Sidney Robertson, who proposed and directed a New Deal initiative designed to survey musical traditions from a...
    • Date: 2024-04-26
  • April 26, 2024  (24-034)
    National Recording Registry Inducts Sounds of ABBA, Blondie, The Cars, The Chicks, Juan Gabriel, Green Day, The Notorious B.I.G. and Lily Tomlin ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Blondie’s era-defining “Parallel Lines,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark “Ready to Die,” Green Day’s “Dookie,” The Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” and Lily Tomlin’s comedy have been selected as some of the defining sounds of history and culture that will join the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of...
    • Date: 2024-04-26
  • April 25, 2024  (24-037)
    Library of Congress Acquires Collection from the Kronos Quartet The Library of Congress has acquired the collection of manuscripts, instruments, costumes, video and audio recordings, and more from the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet and its non-profit organization, Kronos Performing Arts Association. The quartet consists of David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Paul Wiancko (cello). For 50 years, Kronos has challenged and reimagined what a string quartet can be. Founded...
    • Date: 2024-04-25
  • April 1, 2024  (24-026)
    Library Seeks Applicants for the 2024 Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program, which will run from Sept. 9 to Nov. 15. This 10-week, paid internship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors, master’s and Ph.D. candidates from all majors or those who have graduated or will graduate between Dec. 1, 2023 and Aug. 31, 2024. The program...
    • Date: 2024-04-01

March 2024

  • March 25, 2024  (24-031)
    Library of Congress to Host Cast Members from Hit CBS Comedy "Ghosts" on April 9 The Library of Congress will host cast members from CBS’s hit comedy “Ghosts” on April 9. A special episode screening and a panel discussion with series stars Richie Moriarty, Danielle Pinnock, Asher Grodman, Román Zaragoza and Rebecca Wisocky will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Coolidge Auditorium.Free tickets can be obtained at loc.gov/events. From 5 to 6 p.m., the...
    • Date: 2024-03-25
  • March 21, 2024  (24-A05)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 23, all Library of Congress buildings will be CLOSED to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be...
    • Date: 2024-03-21
  • March 21, 2024  (24-028)
    Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Month during Live! at the Library in April Celebrate National Poetry Month during Live! at the Library on Thursday evenings throughout April. Ada Limón will visit Live! at the Library to talk about her new anthology "You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World” and kick-off of the Library’s annual Mary Oliver Memorial Event. The event will feature an introduction by Limón, readings by poets Molly McCully Brown, Jake Skeets, Analicia Sotelo...
    • Date: 2024-03-21
  • March 18, 2024  (24-A04)
    Jefferson Building Access March 19 On Tuesday, March 19, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. 2 p.m. – last entry for visitors with timed-entry or walk-up passes5 p.m. - all Jefferson Building reading rooms will close and researchers must exitResearchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms via the Jefferson Building West Basement (Carriage) doors,...
    • Date: 2024-03-18
  • March 13, 2024  (24-021)
    Library of Congress Awards Third Round of More than $500,000 to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities Library of Congress Awards Third Round of More than $500,000 to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse CommunitiesThe Library of Congress American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the 2024 recipient cohort of the Community Collections Grant program. This series of grants, part of the Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, is awarded to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and...
    • Date: 2024-03-13
  • March 11, 2024  (24-027)
    Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Papers Open for Research at the Library of Congress A major portion of the papers of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, consisting of approximately 600 containers, opens for research use March 11, in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. The collection documents the trajectory of O’Connor’s life in politics and law at the state level in Arizona and later nationally, as the Supreme Court’s first woman justice. Appointed to...
    • Date: 2024-03-11
  • March 7, 2024  (24-A03)
    Jefferson Building Access March 7 On Thursday, March 7, due to security preparations for the State of the Union, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building will close to visitors at 1:30 p.m. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams buildings.Researchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be open normal hours of service with regular access. Entry is via the Independence Avenue door...
    • Date: 2024-03-07
  • March 6, 2024  (24-025)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to Launch "You Are Here" with Anthology of Nature Poems, Poetry Installations in National Parks “You Are Here,” Ada Limón’s signature project as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, will launch during National Poetry Month in April with a celebration at the Library of Congress and will continue throughout the year with installations of poetry as public art in national parks across the country.“You Are Here” is comprised of two major initiatives, a new anthology of nature...
    • Date: 2024-03-06

February 2024

  • February 28, 2024  (24-A02)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Access – March 4 On Monday, March 4, scheduled maintenance work on the building’s west front will reduce access to the Jefferson Building. The West Basement (Carriage), West Main (first floor) doors as well as the west front parking lot will be closed to staff and researchers. The building is closed to the general public on Mondays. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams...
    • Date: 2024-02-28
  • February 22, 2024  (24-019)
    Live! at the Library to Feature Gershwin Prize Honoree Bernie Taupin Gershwin Prize honoree Bernie Taupin will sit down with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a special conversation during Live! at the Library on March 21. The Library also will celebrate Women’s History Month with events highlighting women figures in historical texts and novels. Also, challenge your knowledge and discover how the Library preserves and celebrates the diverse stories and accomplishments of women during...
    • Date: 2024-02-22
  • February 21, 2024  (24-A01)
    Jefferson Building Access February 24 On Saturday, February 24, due to a scheduled maintenance event in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building all reading rooms, exhibitions, public spaces and the Library Shop will be closed for the entire day, and no timed-entry passes will be offered to the public. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams buildings.Normal access to the reading rooms in the Jefferson Building...
    • Date: 2024-02-21
  • February 21, 2024  (24-018)
    Library of Congress to Celebrate National Cherry Blossom Festival The Library of Congress will host its annual Japanese Culture Day in celebration of the 2024 National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual commemoration of Japan’s 1912 gift to the U.S. of 3,020 cherry trees.Japanese Culture Day will take place at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring family activities, including Japanese drum and traditional dance...
    • Date: 2024-02-21
  • February 20, 2024  (24-020)
    Library To Host an Advance Screening with Stars of Apple TV+ Series "Manhunt" The Library of Congress will host an early screening of the first episode of “Manhunt,” Apple’s upcoming seven-part true crime limited series, ahead of its global debut on March 15 on Apple TV+. The screening will feature a panel discussion with the series' stars and executive producers in the Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Free tickets can be obtained at...
    • Date: 2024-02-20
  • February 13, 2024  (24-015)
    Library of Congress Acquires Papers of Academy Award-Winning Songwriter Leslie Bricusse The Library of Congress has acquired the papers of songwriter Leslie Bricusse, best known for writing scores for the stage and film musicals, “Doctor Dolittle” (1967), with its Oscar-winning “Talk to the Animals;” collaborating with Anthony Newley on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971) for a score that included the No. 1 hit song, “The Candy Man” and the much-beloved “Pure Imagination;” and...
    • Date: 2024-02-13
  • February 1, 2024  (24-010)
    Library of Congress to Host Panel on Longevity Science The Library of Congress will host a panel with leading experts in the fields spanning the sciences and the arts to explore the latest developments in longevity science and how cognitive wellness affects quality of life. Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the Health Sciences Division, in conjunction with the Longevity Science Foundation, the panel will discuss the ethics involved in longevity science,...
    • Date: 2024-02-01
  • February 1, 2024  (24-017)
    Join the Library of Congress for Douglass Day 2024 and Black History Month Events The Library of Congress’ By the People initiative, in collaboration with the Center for Black Digital History at Pennsylvania State University, are inviting the public to show some love for Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14 by joining a transcribe-a-thon focused on his letters housed at the Library. In a first-of-its-kind, multi-year agreement with Penn State, the Library wants Americans to take a deep dive...
    • Date: 2024-02-01

January 2024

  • January 31, 2024  (24-016)
    Elton John and Bernie Taupin to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Elton John and Bernie Taupin, one of the great songwriting duos of all time, will be the 2024 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. The prize is named for another legendary songwriting team, George and Ira Gershwin, whose papers are held by the Library. John and Taupin will be honored with a...
    • Date: 2024-01-31
  • January 29, 2024  (24-011)
    2024 Supreme Court Fellows Annual Program Annual Lecture to Feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for the 2024 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 3:15 p.m. EST.This event will be live-streamed on the Library’s YouTube channel and the public can also register to attend in-person here. Media who would like to request...
    • Date: 2024-01-29
  • January 24, 2024  (24-012)
    Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2023 Holland Prize Winner The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2023 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to Shelbye Doyen, Chanen Hanson, Laura Hershner, Victoria Hill and Sol Scherer-Estevez, students attending the Architecture/Interior Architecture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for a drawing of Illinois Beach State Park, South Bathhouse in Zion, Lake County, Illinois.The Illinois...
    • Date: 2024-01-24
  • January 22, 2024  (24-002)
    Library of Congress Launches New Website for Americans to Share COVID-19 Stories The Library of Congress announced today that it has launched the COVID-19 Archive Activation website, in collaboration with StoryCorps, to encourage all Americans to share their COVID-19 stories, or interview others about their pandemic experiences. Stories submitted through the Archive Activation website will be deposited into the collections of the American Folklife Center and made accessible at archive.StoryCorps.org.By creating a tool to collect and...
    • Date: 2024-01-22
  • January 17, 2024  (24-004)
    Library of Congress Awards Nearly $400,000 to Six Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections The Library of Congress today announced that six awards totaling nearly $400,000 have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Higher Education Institutions and Libraries, Archives and Museums. The program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative with support from the Mellon Foundation. The 2024 awardees will use these funds to create projects...
    • Date: 2024-01-17
  • January 11, 2024  (24-009)
    Library of Congress Opens Search for Next Innovator in Residence The Library of Congress is looking for its next Innovator in Residence. Through March 5, the Library invites technologists, artists and other creative visionaries to propose imaginative proofs of concept designed to help the public connect with digital Library materials. The 2024-2025 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence will work with the Library’s Digital Innovation Division (LC Labs) to bring their proposal to life...
    • Date: 2024-01-11
  • January 10, 2024  (24-008)
    Library of Congress and American Library Association Announce New Educational Book Series The Library of Congress will co-publish a new educational series titled “Discover and Learn with the Library of Congress” in association with ALA Editions, the book publishing arm of the American Library Association. Combining facsimiles of primary sources from the Library’s unparalleled collections with background information and teaching strategies, titles in the series will present classroom-ready materials for teachers, librarians and home educators working...
    • Date: 2024-01-10
  • January 9, 2024  (24-003)
    Library of Congress Awards More than $160,000 to Artists, Scholars to Remix Digital Collections Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Two Artist/Scholar-in-Residence Library AwardsThe Library of Congress today announced two awards totaling more than $160,000 have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to artists and scholars. The program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative. The 2024 awardees, Maya Freelon and Allie Martin, will use these funds to...
    • Date: 2024-01-09
  • January 9, 2024  (24-005)
    Library to Feature Short Films and Artistic Presentations Created by Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University Event to Include One-Night Display of Film, Performing Arts and Music Collections from the LibraryVisitors are invited to the Library of Congress for an exclusive screening of short films and artistic presentations created by student filmmakers and creators through the Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. This event will be presented...
    • Date: 2024-01-09
  • January 8, 2024  (24-001)
    Library of Congress Expands 2024 Literacy Awards Program The Library of Congress announced today it is expanding the scope of the Literacy Awards Program in 2024 by adding two new award categories to recognize literacy organizations in the United States and abroad. Applications are being accepted from Jan. 8 to Feb.19.The Library of Congress Literacy Awards, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein since 2013, honor organizations that provide exemplary, innovative and replicable strategies...
    • Date: 2024-01-08

December 2023

  • December 21, 2023  (23-103)
    Explore Exhibitions at the Library of Congress During Live! at the Library in January Explore Exhibitions at the Library of Congress During Live! at the Library in JanuaryExplore exhibitions about the nation’s long tradition of volunteering for a variety of groups and causes, see some of the vast photography holdings of the Library of Congress and celebrate the creativity of songwriters George and Ira Gershwin at Live! at the Library in January. On Thursday evenings in January, the...
    • Date: 2023-12-21
  • December 13, 2023  (23-101)
    25 Films Selected for Preservation in National Film Registry Twenty-five influential films have been selected for the 2023 Library of Congress National Film Registry, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. The films are selected each year for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage.The newest selections include a diverse group of films, filmmakers and Hollywood landmarks exploring the drama of history, social justice and reform, the experiences...
    • Date: 2023-12-13
  • December 12, 2023  (23-102)
    Library of Congress Announces Spring 2024 Concert Series Spring 2024 will see the inauguration of a landmark celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Concerts at the Library of Congress series, presenting a packed roster of 27 vibrant, exciting chamber music, jazz, dance and popular music events. Performances by the Goldmund String Quartet, the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and cellist Seth Parker Woods open the spring concert season beginning in January. On Feb....
    • Date: 2023-12-12
  • December 11, 2023  (23-A05)
    Holiday Schedule Dec. 2023-Jan. 2024 The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2023 and early January 2024:Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)All Library buildings will be CLOSED.Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 (New Year’s Day)All Library buildings will be CLOSED.Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday)All Library buildings will be CLOSED.The Library’s public spaces and reading rooms will operate as...
    • Date: 2023-12-11
  • December 7, 2023  (23-099)
    American Archive of Public Broadcasting Preserves 2,000 'Le Show' Radio Programs This December, to mark the 40th anniversary of celebrated actor, author, director, musician, political satirist and broadcaster Harry Shearer’s weekly hour-long public radio series “Le Show,” the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Boston public media producer GBH, is launching the “Le Show” Collection, a publicly accessible digital archive of more than 2,000 hours of broadcasts, stretching...
    • Date: 2023-12-07

November 2023

  • November 29, 2023  (23-098)
    Library of Congress Webinar on Human Rights Day: Science Literacy and the Law The Law Library of Congress will host a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 7, to discuss how science literacy helps the law, including handling of evidence at all stages of its journey through the criminal justice system. Sarah Cooper, a 2017 Law Library scholar-in-residence, will explain how science helps the law to understand the world in which legal policy, including human rights standards like the...
    • Date: 2023-11-29
  • November 28, 2023  (23-100)
    Library of Congress Hosts Virtual Panel on Artificial Intelligence and Cancer The Library of Congress will host its annual Cancer Moonshot panel discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. Led by the Health Services Division and the Researcher Engagement and General Collections Division at the Library, the virtual event will bring together renowned international experts working on artificial intelligence for cancer screening, immunotherapy, imaging, and the ethics involved in using AI to provide their...
    • Date: 2023-11-28
  • November 16, 2023  (23-097)
    Celebrate the Holidays, See National Film Registry Selections During Live at the Library in December Visitors are invited to get into the holiday spirit at Live! at the Library in December with the Library's annual holiday celebration and Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 14. Plus, on Dec. 21 and 28, watch two holiday films that will be added to the National Film Registry this year. And enjoy happy hour alongside café concerts on Dec. 7, 14 and 21 in...
    • Date: 2023-11-16
  • November 6, 2023  (23-096)
    Library Seeks Applicants for the 2024 Junior Fellows Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Junior Fellows Program, a summer internship held from May 20, 2024, to July 26, 2024. This 10-week, full-time paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates interested in learning and conducting research using the resources of the largest library in the world. Remote and on-site project opportunities are available. The...
    • Date: 2023-11-06
  • November 2, 2023  (23-094)
    Library of Congress Opens Award Nominations for Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovations and successes of federal libraries, librarians and library technicians in meeting the information demands of government, businesses, scholarly communities and the 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 2023.For nomination materials, visit the “awards” section of the FEDLINK website or email...
    • Date: 2023-11-02