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    Posted April 1, 2014 by
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    The Library of Congress


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JuleeK says Americans should be proud to know that they have one of the best libraries in the world. Her other favorites include the British Library, the New York Public Library, the George Peabody Library of Johns Hopkins University and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. "In this day and age where we can easily get our information from the internet and read books and magazines on handheld devices, it's easy to ignore a library. I think they're greatly under-appreciated!"
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    If you come to Washington, D.C., you must slot in time to visit to the Library of Congress. Call me biased but I think this is one of the most impressive libraries in the world, for a lot of reasons.

    To start with, it is the largest library in the world—a campus of eight buildings, housing about 150 million items—you will never see it all, or even a significant portion of it. Not surprisingly, this is the nation’s library so it has a large collection of books, including a number of rare, modern first editions, from authors ranging from Mark Twain to Dr. Seuss, as well as a Gutenberg Bible. On your visit, do not forget to step inside the Main Reading Room. You cannot take pictures there, so memorize every bit of detail that you can about this magnificent room.

    You don't have to be a bookworm to appreciate this impressive institution. The Library also has a multimedia collection; it even offers tips on how to preserve your own digital photos.

    Wander through the various reading rooms and before you know it, hours will have passed and you will have barely scratched the surface. You will want to come back and I often do to come visit my favorite place - the Jefferson Building. The interior is gorgeous! I lose track of time just looking at all the stunning architectural details and the murals, especially if I have my camera with me!

    You can either walk around on your own or join the free guided tour, which lasts about an hour.

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