I really enjoyed the Law Library’s Pic of the Week featuring a 4 legged attendee at the National Book Festival. While I don’t have a picture quite that cute, I did take a picture of this little creature investigating the unused entrance to the Adams Building on Independence Avenue where the Adams Cafe is located. This is the entrance that was originally designed to be used by the Copyright Office. The bronze doors, which you can’t really see, feature a male figure representing physical labor and a female figure representing intellectual labor.
While the Library doesn’t admit squirrels as researchers, we do admit people as long as they have a reader identification card. If you are interested in using the resources at the Library of Congress, there is information to look at before you come that may make things easier – including maps/floorplans, hours, and information about classes and tours offered by the different reading rooms. If you have questions that you can’t find the answer to, you are welcome to submit a question via Ask a Librarian to any of the reading rooms.
If you are interested in doing business research here, the Library’s collection is a rich resource. Like most libraries, we have many databases, but we have so much more. There are special collections such as the Alexander Graham Bell Family Collection: Papers and Photographs of the Bell Family (in the Manuscript Reading Room) and the Dell Paperback Collection (in the Rare Book Reading Room), as well as some amazing material in the general collections. I have mentioned Credit Reference Books in a previous post, but we also have many older directories and other serial publications from a host of places and industries. Then there are the individual titles that are more than they seem such as the title Listing Statements of the New York Stock Exchange that covers the listing statements for companies registering on the New York Stock Exchange for the years 1884-1983. The collection also contains many publications such as those from state and federal agencies like the states’ banking and insurance agencies which are useful for doing historical research. In the reading room you can find titles on salary and compensation, microfiche SEC filings from 1978 to 1994, and two selected annual reports sets – one that covers the years before 1974 and the other which covers 1975-1983.
So if you need to do research, we should have something for you.