The following is reposted from the Library of Congress blog. This is a guest post by Sue Siegel, director of development for the Library.
The Library is one of the greatest gifts the United States Congress has given to the American people. Its support provides a foundation of excellence in collecting, preserving and providing access to knowledge. There is so much to discover, not only the nation’s memory, but the world’s—information from all corners of the earth, in more than 470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access the Library’s treasures from anywhere.
The Library is strengthened by donations from people like you. Your gift supports free programs that enrich the lives of millions of people across the nation and around the world and continues a legacy of philanthropy.
Transformative gifts like those from Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, Gertrude Clarke Whittall, John W. Kluge, Jay I. Kislak and David Woodley Packard and gifts of all sizes bring the Library to life with music, dance, film, sound, culture, scholarship, research, discussions and ideas. Your gift, no matter the size, will support diverse programs that make the Library’s treasures and services more accessible.
Why Give to the Library?
Your gift can help
- Acquire and preserve rare and unique items that are important to our history.
- Make the unique and universal collections of the Library accessible to the public through exhibitions, digitization and other means.
- Develop scholars and grow new scholars.
- Spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to as many people as possible.
At this time of the year, we would especially like to thank our generous donors for support that inspires curiosity, ignites conversations and illuminates minds.
The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway, to understanding the world. Please make your gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning.