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The United States Library of Congress established
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“Knowledge is Power”
On this date, 24 April, in 1800, President John Adams signed an Act of Congress written primarily to transfer the seat of government to the recently built capitol, Washington D.C.
Included in the legislation was authorization to provide $5000…
„for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress …, and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them….”.
Thus was established the Library of Congress, the oldest United States federal cultural institution, and, today, the largest, by collection size, of any library in the world.
The first acquisition was of 740 books and 30 maps. These, and a few thousand more, were destroyed when British troops burned the Capitol in 1814.
Today, along the 838 miles of shelves, in three buildings named after Adams, Jefferson and Madison, there are more than 160 million items, including nearly 24 million books.
The ” de facto national library of the United States”, the Library of Congress maintains a staff of over 3000 serving not only members of Congress and their staff, but also the general public, and hosts a number of events, including the National Book Festival.