Services & Programs
Learn how the Library of Congress collects, preserves & provides access to its universal collections. Get the free tools and standards used by libraries, archives, and publishers.
Discover how the Library of Congress acquires materials for its collections and for other research institutions.
Search & browse examples, standards, and help for creating catalog records and finding aids for discovery and use of personal papers, organizational records, and other archival collections.
Have a research question? Need help using the Library? Get expert assistance from librarians & research subject specialists.
The Library's cataloging services include search vocabularies, classification, policy, products, training & cooperative programs.
The Library is committed to cooperative cataloging to benefit the world-wide library community. Shared standards & policies enable efficiencies & data sharing on a global scale.
The U.S. Copyright Office, a department of the Library, administers the Nation’s copyright laws and offers services and support to authors and users of creative works.
Providing digital, microfilm & paper copies, as well as custom reproductions for a fee from the Library’s collections.
Your local library can borrow materials from the Library of Congress on your behalf. Here's how.
Comprehensive research & reference service to Congress & the public on foreign, comparative, international & U.S. law.
Here's how you can get your Library-issued Reader Identification Card & begin research here in Washington, D.C.
The Library and associated organizations maintain key technical standards used in the library community.
Access and download controlled vocabularies & authorities useful for describing and indexing information resources.
Learn about the research, science & collaboration involved in preserving the Library's collections.
Resources for publishers, editors & the public interested in Library publications and co-publishing opportunities.
Information on RDA implementation, including cataloging policy, practices, training & more.
Preserving & presenting traditional songs, personal stories, regional culture & other aspects of American folklife.
Volunteer online with By the People. Transcribe, review & tag digitized material to make documents more searchable for everyone.
Promoting books, reading, libraries & literacy through its national center in Washington & its affiliated centers across the country.
Free performances by extraordinary artists in classical, jazz, folk & other genres.
Overseeing statutory licenses of copyright law, setting rates & determining distribution of royalties.
Promoting and supporting best practices for the management of digital collections and services.
Serving federal libraries & information centers as their purchasing, training & resource-sharing consortium.
Giving scholars access to the Library’s collections & engaging them in conversation with public policy leaders.
Free braille, talking book & other audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the U.S.
Home of the U.S. Poet Laureate with information on poetry & literature readings & events.
Collecting, preserving & presenting the personal accounts of American war veterans.
The World Digital Library provides free access to manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other important cultural documents from all countries and cultures, in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.