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Pic of the Week: At Your Service

Book Service Desk, Science and Business Reading Room, John Adams Building, 2010

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.

Illuminating our Holidays

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 […]

Pic of the Week

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 […]