The Library of Congress is the researchlibraryof the United States Congress,national library of the United States.
* The Library of Congress was built for Congressin 1800, and was housed in the United StatesCapitolfor most of the 19th century.* Much of the original collectionhad been destroyed duringthe War of 1812.* Thomas Jefferson sold6,487 books,his entire personal collection,to the library in 1815.
Although it is open to the public, onlythey may check out books: * Members ofCongress, * Supreme Courtjustices * other high-ranking governmentofficials.
The collections of the Library of Congressinclude more than 32 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages.
It houses the largest rare book collectionin North America,including:* the rough draftof the Declarationof Independence
* a Gutenberg Bible
Buildings of the LibraryThomas Jefferson BuildingJohn Adams Building on Capitol HillJames Madison Memorial Building Packard campus for audio-visual in Virginia conservation
Thomas Jefferson Building (the main building)
Main Library of Congressbuilding at the start of the 20th century
Library of Congress reading room
The Great Hall interior Erotica, mural painting by George Randolph Barse