Architecture of The Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress was housed in the U.S. Capitol’s west center building until 1897, when the Thomas Jefferson Building opened. The Library of Congress began in 1800 with a small allowance to buy reference books to be used by members of Congress. The British had destroyed the previous collection, so they purchased Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, which included 6,487 books. Although the Capitol’s west center building went through various enlargements and remodeling, there was never enough space to house the growing collection

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Architecture of The Library of CongressThe Library of CongressThe Library of Congress was housed in the U.S. Capitols west center building until 1897, when the Thomas Jefferson Building opened. The Library of Congress began in 1800 with a small allowance to buy reference books to be used by members of Congress. The British had destroyed the previous collection, so they purchased Thomas Jeffersons personal library, which included 6,487 books. Although the Capitols west center building went through various enlargements and remodeling, there was never enough space to house the growing collection. In 1886, it was decided that the library would be moved to its own building. The Library opened to the public in 1897. The Library of Congress ranks among Americas greatest achievements. It celebrates nationalism and learning, while representing Americas optimistic future. The

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