Snow Closing Library’s Public Spaces Today at 3:30

In accordance with the Office of Personnel Management’s directive closing the federal government two hours early today, the Library will close all public spaces (exhibits, etc.) and reading rooms at 3:30 p.m. (As Congress is in session, the La Follette Congressional Reading Room will be open.  The Law Library Reading Room will also be open pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 138.)

Employees who reported to work should be dismissed two hours earlier than their normal departure time from work.   The two-hour early dismissal does not apply to emergency employees or employees who are teleworking today.

BREAKING NEWS: Hawk Rescued from Main Reading Room

A hawk that became trapped about a week ago in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building has been safely captured.  I will update this post a little later with details and images (and possibly video). UPDATE, noon EST: Mark Hartsell, editor of the Library’s weekly staff newsletter, The Gazette, provided […]

He Shall Not Be Forgotten

Working-class men and women, the poor, the destitute – all individuals whom society can sometimes take for granted – held a special place for photographer Milton Rogovin. He made it his life’s work to really see them through his lens and document the humanity of those he called “the forgotten ones.” Just a few weeks […]

There’s No Place Like (a New) Homepage

Starting Monday, Jan. 10, our homepage at–our virtual “front door,” if you will–is getting a new look. Periodically, the Library changes its homepage (and other parts of its site, of course) to make it more useful and more responsive to users’ needs.  This is one of our most ambitious refreshes yet, and many of […]