Developers for the iPhone and iPad have been able to say “there’s an app for that” about a quarter-million times–the total number currently available in Apple’s App Store. But not until now has there been an official app for the Library of Congress. (So far it’s the first and only app–don’t be fooled by imitators!)
Yesterday we launched the Library of Congress Virtual Tour. It’s an ideal companion to an on-site tour, as much of its content tracks with the Library of Congress Experience in the Jefferson Building. But if you can’t make it to Washington, the app is the best substitute that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Click here to learn more and download it.
The app includes highlights of exhibitions and architectural features, with photos, audio by curators and other experts, links to more detailed online exhibitions, and even a video about the history of Thomas Jefferson’s Library, which in 1815 reconstituted the Library of Congress after the British burned the Capitol in the War of 1812. The architectural photos come courtesy of Carol M. Highsmith, who has been donating magnificent collections of images to the Library copyright-free, for the American people.
Like all iPhone apps, it also works on the iPhone Touch and iPad (in the standard 1x/2x resolution options, of course).
The app was developed by three of our very own talented staff. While this is the first mobile app for the Library, we hope it won’t be the last. There are so many collections and services at the Library of Congress that could be quite useful on a pocket-sized device, and there are also other mobile platforms that are growing in popularity.
So what do you think of our app?