This week, the over 123,000 libraries around the country are celebrating National Library Week [April 12-18]. In Briggs Library, you will find signs and banners as well as a display outside the Government Documents office on the lower level. The display features information about our nation’s library, the Library of Congress, and also provides a selection of the Library’s publications.
The Library of Congress was founded in 1800 and originally located in the U.S. capitol building. It has grown to be the largest library in the world, currently holding nearly 142 million items in its collection, 32 million of which are in print. The Library also employs a permanent staff of 3,637 employees. In comparison, Briggs Library holds only 926,000 print items and has a staff of 32.
To find more publications by the Library of Congress, feel free to browse the ‘LC’ call number section of the Government Documents shelving. For more information about the Library of Congress, please ask us or visit http://www.loc.gov to browse the Library’s resources, view its virtual displays and collections, and learn more about America’s library.
We’ll conclude this posting about National Library Week with a few facts courtesy the American Library Association:
Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer more than 7.2 million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questioners would stretch from New York City to Juneau, Alaska.
63% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.
There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S. – a total of 16,549, including branches.
Americans go to school, public and academic libraries 50% more often than they go to the movies.
The planned national events for the week include the release of the annual “State of America’s Libraries” report , National Library Workers Day on Tuesday (Libraries Work Because We Do!), the release of the 2008 list of the ‘Top Ten Most Challenged Books’ on Wednesday, and ‘Support Teen Literature Day’ on Thursday.