Start the School Year with Library of Congress Teacher Resources

The Library's Web site for teachers,

The Library’s Web site for teachers,

It may not feel much like fall in most of the U.S., but even in the absence of autumn leaves, school doors are opening and educators are preparing for–or beginning–a new year of teaching.

In that spirit, we’d like to welcome you to another year of teaching using primary sources from the online collections of the Library of Congress! The Library offers millions of primary sources for free to all on its Web site,, and its education program supports teachers as they use these powerful items effectively in the classroom.

As you plan for the coming year, we invite to explore our teacher resources and to watch for some exciting developments that we have in the works.

  • The Library of Congress Teachers page provides ready-to-use classroom materials and professional development that support teaching with the Library’s online collections.
  • The Library’s Student Discovery Sets are a dozen free interactive ebooks for iPads that let students examine and annotate primary sources.
  • Our archive of professional development webinars provides an easy way to discover instructional strategies for working with our primary sources.
  • The Library will hold its first online conference for teachers on October 27th and 28th, from 4 to 8 PM. Watch for more details!
  • The Library publishes recurring features in the journals of the National Council on the Social Studies, the National Science Teachers Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Students analyzing Library of Congress primary sources

Students analyzing Library of Congress primary sources

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Five Questions with Kate Stewart, Archivist, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

A few weeks ago I was on the reference desk and a 16-year-old boy came in and wanted materials on Celtic mythology. He was from Chicago (probably on a spring break trip) and had come to the library on his own and was very excited to be here. It is pretty rare that we get high school students coming in on their own to the reading room; usually they’re with their parents or a school group.