When we talk about knowledge the first thing that comes to mind is a book which has been a classic way of attaining knowledge from centuries. Have you ever wondered that where the largest collection of books is. The world biggest library “Library of Congress” stands with all its glory in Washington, USA since 1800.
Library of Congress is the largest library in the world in terms of number of books as well as shelf space. British Library is also another world famous library that ranks equal to the Library of Congress in terms of items. Library of Congress has a total of more than 161 items. There is a capable staff of 3244 people taking care of the Library.
Library of Congress is not only an official research library but also the de facto national library of United States of America. The Library comprises three huge buildings. It is said that most of the collection of library was wasted in the war of 1812. It was Thomas Jefferson whose efforts were fruitful enough to replenish the library. He sold his collection of 6000 books to the Library of Congress.
The interesting fact about the library is that it has an enormous collection of books (34 million), recordings (over 3 million), photographs (over 13 million), maps (over 5 million), sheet music (over 6 million pieces) and (over 66 million) manuscripts.
Library of Congress can be accessed by common public but books cannot be checked out by everyone. Those who can check out books include congress members, Supreme Court justices and high ranked officers. The opening hours are from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Library of Congress is one of the oldest federal institution in USA.
The Google rating for Library of Congress is 4.5 stars. Most of the people call the Library of Congress as ocean of knowledge. The information facilities of the library are admired by all the visitors. If you are a book worm and have love for books then this is the best place for you. Don’t forget to see the smallest book named “Old King Cole” of the library which is only 1/25 inches.