Library of Congress

View from CapitolHow many people visit the library today? Apparently not many. Google, Bing, Wikipedia and other sources of information have replaced the library and books in their original form. But for fans and lovers of books and ways to enrich their knowledge through reading, fortunately, libraries are survived and still have their admirers. Library, under the influence of time and the demands of today’s living conditions in the world of dramatically increased flow of information, has changed profoundly. Today visitors not only reading books, magazines, newspapers and other publications but also using computers to find any information they need. However, is it possible to compare the reading of the book in electronic format and print edition?!

In any country, there are large and small libraries, but among them are the principal and wealthiest by their reserves and the value of the content. In U.S. library, which has the status of a national, is Library of Congress in Washington, DC near the Capitol.

Today in this beautiful building is hard to guess its tragic fate. After suffering two devastating fires in 1814 and 1851, destroying virtually all of its abundant books, it was revived thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts and the government. An enormous private and public fund was spent for the recreation of the library and the book fund. Today there are a lot of unique items here that are available to all citizens of the state and foreigners.

Right at the entrance in the lobby visitors are greeted with a library staff, offering to become the owner of the library card. The card looks very impressive and reminds passport of the country, but in fact it is called Passport to Knowledge. Having received such a document, one gets access to an extensive collection of unique library content.

Passport to Knowledge

But the structure itself looks, as well as everything in Washington, majestic and elegant. Classical architectural forms, sculpture and paintings that adorn the interior of the library, create a special mood and desire to use this wealth in full.

General view of LC

 

Main Entrance to LC

 

Gallery around the main hall of Library of Congress

 

Sculpture of woman meeting all the visitors

 

Rectangular plafond

 

Beautiful Plafond

 

Columns holding the plafond

 

Fresco of Muse

 

Passage

 

And finally! Kids, pay respect to your parents – they graduated school with no Google and Wikipedia!

 

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16 thoughts on “Library of Congress

  1. Really beautiful pictures of the great location! wow…
    I still like to go to the library. šŸ™‚
    There is one good thing about paper copy books…they don’t need batteries and is no problem when you forget to charge your tablet.

    • Library is only one landmark of Washington DC. The city itself is awesome. It is staying aside of other American cities. On my opinion Washington DC is more European. Worth to visit!
      One more thing about books. Even the feeling is absolutely different when you are holding the real book in your hands. šŸ™‚

  2. Great post I really like your images and your writing. I have rediscovered the public library myself. I used to spend a lot of money each week on new books that would wind up on the shelf at home unread. I would say that I’d read it later but later never came.

    Late last year I decided to get a library card again. It has been great to be able to focus on a subject and get books about it from the library. I find that when I check out a book I read it instead of letting it lie there unopened since I only have a couple of weeks to read it. Whenever I see a new book mentioned that interests me I look it up and request it. Sometimes that means waiting a couple of weeks until it is available but once I have it I devour it.

    Last month I checked out a dozen books on the photography of the Farm Security Administration from the Great Depression era. I studied the work of those photographers in college and it was great to refresh my eyes and reinvigorate my vision by looking at a large body of their work again.

    Thanks for sharing these images with us.

    • Thank you, Nick. I am not really professional in photography and in writing. It is just my hobby. This is why I appreciate your comment and evaluation of my post. For me library is the place where I can concentrate and discipline myself to do a job. I like to be home but there are a lot of diversions there. All of my life I like to be at library.

  3. I still purchase and read physical copes of book. But I’m sorry to say, I am one of those who don’t visit library anymore. However, with this kind of library, I’d be running there.

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