Library of Congress (美國國會圖書館)

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The Library of Congress (LC) occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building (1897) is the original separate Library of Congress building. (The Library began in 1800 inside the U.S. Capitol.) The John Adams Building was built in 1938 and the James Madison Memorial Building was completed in 1981. Other facilities include the High Density Storage Facility (2002) at Fort Meade, Md., and the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation (2007) in Culpeper, Va.
Today's Library of Congress is an unparalleled world resource. The collection of more than 162 million items includes more than 38.6 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 70 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings.

 

美國國會圖書館建於1800年,是美國的四個官方國家圖書館之一,也是全球最重要的圖書館之一。

美國國會圖書館是在美國國會的支持下,通過公眾基金、美國國會的適當資助、私營企業的捐助及致力於圖書館工作的全體職員共同努力建成的。它是美國歷史最悠久的聯邦文化機構,已經成為世界上最大的知識寶庫,是美國知識與民主的重要象徵,在美國文化中佔有重要地位。它保存各類收藏近1億2100萬項,超過三分之二的書籍是以多媒體形式存放的。其中包括很多稀有圖書、特色收藏、世界上最大的地圖、電影膠片和電視片等。