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The Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress Opens its Doors to the Public

Behind the desk from left to right, Margaret Wood, Geraldine Dávila González and Mirela Savic-Fleming at the 2018 Columbus Day Open House [Photo by Shawn Miller]

On October 14, 2019, the Library of Congress is holding its semi-annual Main Reading Room open house. Starting at 10:00 a.m., attendees can tour the Main Reading Room, which is usually closed to the general public for touring, and learn about many of the divisions of the Library of Congress. Representatives from the Law Library of Congress, Science, Technology & Business Division, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, U.S. Copyright Office, Serial and Government Publications Division, and Local History & Genealogy will be displaying collection materials and discussing their resources. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. Make sure to stop by the Law Library display at the center desk where you can look at part of our children’s book collection featuring U.S. Supreme Court justices, and get one of our very popular gavel pencils.

The rest of the Thomas Jefferson Building will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., where docents will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. to talk to visitors about the architecture, history, and art of the building, as well as the Library’s collections and the exhibitions. For families attending the event, the Young Readers Center features a large collection of children’s books and activities for kids of all ages, and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

An Interview with Jonathan Donovan, Library Technician

Today’s interview is with Jonathan Donovan, a library technician in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina for college. Since then, I’ve lived and worked in Delaware, Maryland, and the Philadelphia area. Growing up, my parents often took me to […]

News from the Law Library of Congress Chatbot

Have you tried the Law Library of Congress Chatbot lately? The chatbot provides answers to frequently asked legal reference questions through Facebook Messenger. You can interact with it by clicking through a series of menu options or you can type in a natural language question. The chatbot debuted in October 2017, and since that time we […]

Hispanic Heritage Month On the Shelf: What’s New

Last week, Geraldine talked about the events the Library is hosting to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates Mexico’s independence day (September 16: ¡Viva Hidalgo!), and the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. With these celebrations in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the new materials […]

Law Establishing the Icelandic Supreme Court – Pic of the Week

October 6, 2019, this coming Sunday, marks the centennial of the Icelandic Law on the Supreme Court of October 6, 1919 (Lög om hæstarjett Nr. 22 af 6 okt. 1919), which provided for the establishment of a Supreme Court in Iceland. The Supreme Court replaced the National Court (Landsyfirréttur), whose decisions could be appealed to the Supreme Court of Denmark. […]

Special Exhibition at Library of Congress To Mark 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq has previously contributed posts on The Constitution of India – Pic of the Week,  Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, India’s Regulatory Approach to Uber, Sedition Law in India, […]