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In Appreciation – Julius’s 40 Years at the Library

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Julius Lyons (center) with other staff and interns of the Law Library’s Collection Services Division (photo by author).

Recently, the Collection Services Division’s own Julius Lyons celebrated 40 years at the Library of Congress (32 of which have been in the Law Library).

In Library years that’s perhaps not too surprising. What makes it so remarkable to us in the Law Library is that Julius hasn’t changed a bit. He is still the same soft-spoken person, a man of few words, who always smiles and is ready to assist anyone who needs help.

He never seems rushed and yet he can locate books in no time for that all-important congressional request or shelve a truck of new material faster than most. His laid-back manner belies an incredibly hard worker.

I arrived in the Law Library in the mid-80s, a year after Julius. But I would have never known he was new to our collection had someone not told me. He could point me in the right direction for anything I needed to find in the stacks, not an easy task among (then) almost 2 million books, many of which had yet to be classified.

Janice Hyde also learned her way around the stacks from Julius as he mentored her in Janice’s first position in the Law Library and she still holds fond memories of her time under his tutelage.

Fast forward 30+ years and this summer we have a new crop of interns in Stacks Services, many of whom are being mentored by Julius. They couldn’t be happier. Their accolades go from “He’s the nicest guy” to “He doesn’t make me feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, even though I don’t.”

And really, what more could you want from a co-worker? Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

I’m hoping for another 40 years.

Congratulations Julius!

Comments (14)

  1. Delighted that your organisation takes the time to acknowledge the contribution made by one of its members together with others.

  2. Congratulations, Julius, on this remarkable achievement! Ever since I’ve known Mr. Lyons I have found him to be professional as well as so kind and willing to help in any endeavor. I too celebrate this milestone with Julius!

  3. Congratulations to Julius! Betty – you wrote a perfect description of him.

  4. Nice!


  6. What can I say dear except “job very well done!” You are kind, hard working, friendly and a dedicated team member. God has kept you all these years to be of service to others. Congrats Julius from your wife!!

  7. Congratulations Julius on 40 years of service with the most historical library in the nation. Knowing you I do, dedicated, hardworking and a joy to work with. The Libray of Congress is Blessed to have an employee such as yourself. Continue the good work and in leading others. Great job, well done.

  8. Congratulations Julius on 40 years of service.

  9. Congratulations on Julius on your tenure with LOC! It is very apparent how much LOC appreciates you & your work ethic. I’m sure the interns learn a lot from ya!

  10. Congratulations cousin Julius. Those comments exemplify you throughout your life. You have been so consistent over the years, that we could not imagine anything else. God has truly blessed those that have worked around you and you yourself. May you have another 40 God given years.

  11. Congratulations Julius,

    As a family member, we seldom know exactly what our family will do for a living and how others working with our family members interact with them. We must say that based on the comments above, the Julius we know as part of our family is the same Julius that his co-workers also know.

    Keep on being you, Julius and congratulations again,

    Malcine and Ronnie

  12. Congrats Cuz!!!!! WOW…..what longevity. We always knew you were a super star xoxoxo

  13. Congratulations Julius. I learned a lot from you when I worked in the Law Library, and you are a joy to work with. I have been gone 10 years, & you haven’t aged a bit. Keep up the good work.

  14. Congratulations Julius! I too remember fondly our years of working together in the Law Library. Your knowledge, kindness, and willingness to assist wherever there is a need is truly admirable.

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