Library of Congress Online Catalog
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
Browse by Topic
These pages link to selected collection content available online at the Library of Congress, arranged by broad categories. The Library’s online content represents only a small percentage of its physical holdings.
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.
Student Discovery Sets:
The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.
Teacher’s Guides and Analysis Tool:
Center for the Book
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.
The U.S. Copyright Office, and the position of Register of Copyrights, were created by Congress in 1897 as a separate department of the Library of Congress. Twenty-two years earlier, Congress removed copyright registration from the district courts and centralized it in the Library of Congress. Today, the Copyright Office has approximately 400 employees, the majority of whom examine and register hundreds of thousands of copyright claims in books, music, movies, software, photographs, and other works of authorship each year. In fiscal year 2014, the Office processed more than 476,000 registration claims.
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
Biblioteca Digital Mundial
La Biblioteca Digital Mundial pone a disposición en Internet, de manera gratuita y en formato multilingüe, importantes materiales fundamentales de culturas de todo el mundo.
Los objetivos de la Biblioteca Digital Mundial son:
- Promover el entendimiento internacional e intercultural;
- Ampliar la cantidad y la variedad de contenidos culturales en Internet;
- Facilitar recursos a los educadores, estudiosos y el público en general;
- Permitir a las instituciones asociadas reducir la distancia digital dentro de y entre los países.