As you walk through the main center door of the Science and Business Reading Room, you see the Book Service Desk straight ahead. Because the Library’s books stacks are closed to the public, this is where researchers turn in paper call slips to retrieve items from the General Collections and pick up delivered items. Thousands of call slip requests are received daily at Book Service Desks throughout the Library. As of May 2009, researchers were offered an alternative to paper call slips with a new Automated Call Slip (ACS) feature. Eventually, the use of ACS will eliminate the need for paper call slips.
Did you ever pass GO, pay the Income Tax, take a Chance, or buy the Electric Company? Did you hoard certain denominations of the colored money, bicker over who got to be the car, the top hat, the shoe, or the thimble? Did you relish becoming a real estate magnate by building houses and hotels […]
In the spirit of the holiday season, we are highlighting another Everyday Mystery relevant to this time of the year: Who invented electric Christmas lights? The short answer is Thomas Alva Edison and Edward H. Johnson. After all, Edison created the first practical light bulb and successfully strung together the first strand of electric lights […]
We decided to follow the lead of our Law Library colleagues at In Custodia Legis with a Picture of the Week series. In this series we will show you interesting things we see in and around the Library of Congress John Adams Building. With that said, our first photo features one of the John Adams Building owls that greets vistors […]
While winter has not yet officially arrived, some of us have been given a taste of the season to come with cold temperatures, frigid winds, frost, ice, and even powdery snow. When I think of winter, I think of twinkling ice crystals falling from the sky and colliding to become intricate snowflakes. Each winter there […]
Flat Stanley came to the Library of Congress for a short visit from Ms. Thacker’s first grade class in Frankfort, KY. We took a few photographs and thought we would share them. (For those who don’t know, Flat Stanley is a great activity for schoolchildren to learn about other places from the people that live […]