The Nation’s Library

The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Alan Bisbort, Linda Barrett Osborne and Sharon M. Hannon

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 235 1

    Size: 229 x 150 mm / 6 x 9 in.

    Binding: softcover

    Pages: 160

    In association with:

    Date published: January, 2000

    UK £9.95 /US $14.95


  • Newly designed and revised edition of the only official guide to the Library of Congress


The Library of Congress on Capitol Hill has been called a shrine of the world’s knowledge: a renowned resource that has served Congress, other institutions and the public during its 200-year history. This celebratory guide to the Library shows the interiors of its three principal buildings the Jefferson, Adams and Madison buildings as well as representative treasures from the collections. The text describes the Library’s history and the role of specific Librarians of Congress in influencing its growth. The guide also reviews current collections, activities and organization. It answers the questions most commonly asked by visitors and projects future activities, particularly those related to the growing use of computers and the internet to make the Library’s storehouse of knowledge accessible to people around the world.

Author information

Alan Bisbort is a writer, editor and researcher, and worked at the Library of Congress for over 17 years. Linda Barrett Osborne is a writer and editor in the Publishing Office of the Library of Congress and a recipient of the PEN syndicated Fiction award.