The Library of Congress, founded in 1800, is the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation. It is the country’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with more than 170 million items on approximately 840 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 38 million books and other print materials, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 7.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts. The LOC occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building (1897) is the original LC building. The John Adams Building was built in 1938 and the James Madison Memorial Building was completed in 1981. For
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