Category Archives: Trivia

LOC bilingual

A bit of trivia about the Library of Congress: 470 languages are represented in the collection Approximately half of the books and serial collections are in languages other than English

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LOC trivia

Did you know that the Library of Congress was founded in 1800?  That makes it the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

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Take a quiz

What do you know about digital preservation?  Take a quiz from The Digital Preservation Program and find out interesting facts about digital media.

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2040 B.C.

Fact:  The oldest written material in the Library of Congress is a cuneiform tablet dating from 2040 B.C.  Learn more interesting things about the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/about/facts.html

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Largest law library

Did you know that the Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library?  It contains some 2.6 million volumes, including one of the world’s best rare law book collections and the most complete collection of foreign legal gazettes … Continue reading

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LOC trivia

The general collections of the Library of Congress contain the largest historical collection of U.S. telephone criss-cross (phone number and address) and city directories in the world. The Library acquires more than 8,000 volumes a year and holds more than … Continue reading

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On January 30

On January 30, 1815, Congress approved the purchase of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library of 6,487 books for $23,950.

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December 29, 1659

The oldest original newspaper in the collection of the Library of Congress is Mercurius Publicas Comprising the Sum of Forraign Intelligence, December 29, 1659.

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Digital universe

According to the International Data Cooperation, by 2011 the digital universe (text, pictures, music, etc.) will be 10 times larger than it was in 2006.

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Dissertations

The Library of Congress has the largest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Ph.D. dissertations in the nation, numbering about 1 million titles on paper, microfilm and microfiche.

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