- Posted April 1, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your favorite libraries
The Library of Congress
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
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.