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Pics of the Week: #LibraryOpenHouse

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The Library of Congress once again opened the doors to its magnificent Main Reading Room on Monday for a special open house, held twice each year. More than 6,100 visitors enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the Library’s services, resources and collections, speak with reference librarians and even go inside the decks to view the card catalog. Patrons included school groups from several states and family vacationers, both national and international.

A highlight of the open house was the opportunity to take pictures of the extraordinary art and architecture of the Main Reading Room and Thomas Jefferson Building. Library Instagram followers were encouraged to post their images using the hashtag #LibraryOpenHouse. We picked a few of our favorites to feature on this blog.

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  1. So glad to see a card catalog. The carpet is beautiful. Though I must ask how practical is it to have a mostly “white” carpet? Seems like it will not stand up to all the winter boots. Unless it is treated with something.

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