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Life in a Library 'Theme Park'

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The Library of Congress acquires some 10,000 items a day for its collections. But many of our finest acquisitions are not bound between leather covers or captured on a reel of celluloid: They are the people who make our collections come alive, who unearth meaning and inspiration among our 653 miles of stacks.

One such person is Mark Dimunation, chief of Rare Books and Special Collections. He is the subject of a profile in “Fine Books and Collections.”

The article discusses the quest of Dimunation and his staff to rebuild Thomas Jefferson’s library, the nearly 6,500 volumes of which were the foundation for today’s Library of Congress. I posted a much more extensive account last year about this remarkable global treasure hunt.


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