Library of Congress

Washington, D.C. / US East

One of the largest and best-equipped libraries in the world, The Library of Congress houses 90 million items on 540 miles (869 km) of shelves. The concept of establishing a library for the use of members of Congress dates all the way back to 1800, when it was decided to create a library in the Capitol.


The library was destroyed when the Capitol was set on fire by British troops, but Thomas Jefferson donated his own personal library as a replacement. For nearly a century, the library did not have a dedicated location.

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