Fun Fact Friday – 16th October 2015

Fun Fact Friday – 16th October 2015

The Largest library in the World

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The Library of Congress, in Washington D.C, USA, is the largest library in the world. The library has so many items that it has to occupy three buildings. The Thomas Jefferson Building (this is the original, 1897), The John Adams Building (1938) and The James Madison Memorial Building (1981).

Thomas Jefferson Building

Thomas Jefferson Building

John Adams Building

John Adams Building

Madison Building

Madison Building

The library holds approximately 160 million items and requires at least 838 miles of shelving. It also has the largest collection of rare books in North America.

Included in the 160 million+ items are:-

  • Approx 37 million books and print material.
  • 3.5 million recordings
  • 7.1 million pieces of music
  • 69 million manuscripts
  • 5.5 million maps
  • 14 million photographs.
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    Nearly half of its book and serial collections are in languages other than English. The collections contain items in 470 different languages.

    On a daily basis the library receives roughly 15,000 new items and adds around 12,000 extra to its collection.

    Visit, The Library of Congress, for more information.

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