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Going Inside the Library on Instagram

Posted by: Gayle Osterberg

The visual richness of the Library of Congress never ceases to amaze me – from the extraordinary architecture of its Thomas Jefferson Building, to the diverse public programs, to the collections themselves. Many Americans will never have the opportunity to visit the Library in person, so we are always looking for ways to share the Library …

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And the Word Was Made Beautiful

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

Pope Francis has moved among us, here in Washington, D.C., for a time—and one lasting result of his visit can be viewed, starting Saturday, at the Library of Congress: a breathtakingly beautiful Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, the first Bible entirely hand-made and illuminated in more than 500 years. The rare Bible was …

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The Joy of Reading

Posted by: Erin Allen

The following is an article, written by Jennifer Gavin of the Library’s Office of Communications, for the September/October 2015 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine, LCM. You can read the issue in its entirety here.) The Library of Congress promotes the pleasure and power of reading. Thomas Jefferson famously stated, “I cannot live without …

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National Book Festival Redux

Posted by: Mark Hartsell

“I cannot live without books,” Thomas Jefferson famously once said. The 15th National Book Festival last week provided evidence that plenty of others can’t, either. Thousands of book lovers descended on the Washington Convention Center on Saturday to see a record 170-plus authors and illustrators, pay tribute to America’s fighting men and women, explore the …

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With Largest Cast Ever, Festival is One For the Books

Posted by: Erin Allen

The Library of Congress National Book Festival next weekend opens its latest chapter with a few new plots and the largest cast of characters in festival history. The 15th annual festival will offer its biggest-ever roster of speakers, take a first fling with literary love, go back to the movies, pay tribute to America’s warriors …

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The Path a Book Takes

Posted by: Erin Allen

(The following story is featured in the July/August 2015 issue of the LCM, which you can read in it’s entirety here. The story was written by Susan Morris, assistant to the director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access.) Follow the journey taken by each of the 300,000 books added to the Library’s collections annually.     …

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Freshening Our Perspectives

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

For more than a decade, the Library of Congress has been pleased to participate in an internship program sponsored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, or HACU. Talented young students work paid, 15-week internships with various Library divisions, getting a hands-on view of the options here and helping us get the work done …

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Philosophers Habermas and Taylor to Share $1.5 Million Kluge Prize

Posted by: Erin Allen

The following post, written by Jason Steinhauer, was originally published on the blog┬áInsights: Scholarly Work at the John W. Kluge Center. J├╝rgen Habermas and Charles Taylor, two of the world’s most important philosophers, will share the prestigious $1.5 million John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity awarded by the Library of …