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America’s Greatest LibraryAn Illustrated History of the Library of Congress

Published by GILES in association with the Library of Congress

Add to Cart US$39.95

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 256 pages, 250 x 210 mm (8 ¼ x 10 in)

Illustrations — 250 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£30.00 / US$39.95

ISBN — 978-1-911282-13-6

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“Cole is a deft tour guide, whether explaining the institution’s origins or telling compelling stories.”—Washingtonian

"Recommended for anyone with an interest in the rich collections and cultural history that constitute the Library of Congress"—Jim Frutchey, Booklist Online

A new visual history of the Library of Congress from 1800 to the present day.

Distils over 200 years of history into an engaging read, that makes a Washington icon relevant today.

As Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, explains: “This is a place where you can touch history and imagine your future. I invite you to visit the Library of Congress – through this book…There never has been a library – or an institution – quite like it.”

Also available as an eBook ISBN 978-1-911282-30-3 from the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play and Overdrive.

About the Book

There is no single go-to illustrated guide to the history of the Library of Congress for scholars, researchers and general visitors; this new volume fills that gap. Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole highlights the history, personalities, collections, and events that have created and sustained this singular institution. This engaging visual history traces the growth of the collections of the world’s largest library through a combination of concise chronological milestones, brief essays, vivid photographs, and illustrations.

Divided into threee main sections—For Congress 1800–1897; For the Nation 1898–1959; For the World 1960-2016—each section is interspersed with special focus or feature spreads. Packed with fascinating stories, compelling images and little-known nuggets of information, America's Greatest Library will appeal to history buffs as well as general readers.

About the Author(s)

For more than 50 years, beginning in 1966 when he joined its staff as an administrative intern, librarian and historian John Y. Cole has sought to increase public understanding of the key role of the Library of Congress in American government, scholarship, and culture. As the director of the Library’s Center for the Book from its founding in 1977 until 2016, he helped establish the Books & Beyond author series (1996), the Library of Congress National Book Festival (2001), the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program (2008), the Library of Congress Young Readers Center (2009), and the Library of Congress Literacy Awards (2013). The author or editor of eight books and dozens of articles about the institution and its history and activities, he was named to a new position as the Library’s first official historian in 2016.