Skip Navigation Links The Library of Congress >> Researchers
The Library of Congress : Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room : Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Upcoming Lecture
Hold This Space: Infinitely Possible Books. Casey Gardner

Gardner, a book artist, creates multi-layered narratives exploring elements of science and human nature. She writes, draws, prints and binds her own work with Set in Motion Press.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3pm in the Rosenwald Room, (LJ-205), Jefferson Building. Free and open to the public.

Books and other items available from the Library of Congress Sales Shop


Rare Book of the Month: A Man Driven by "Amazing Grace"

Olney Hymns

Fresh Off the Digital Press

Legenda Aurea, (Passional, das ist Der Heyligen Leben). Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1488.

From the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection

Rare Book Webcast

Schemes of Annotation in Ptolemy's Geography

Chet Van Duzer discusses Ptolemy's "Geography."

  101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4740
Contact Information
  Map showing location

Weekdays, 8:30am-5:00 pm
* Final book requests at 4:15pm
Closed Sat/Sun & Federal holidays

Ask a LibrarianAsk a Librarian
Want to ask our reference staff a question about the rare book & special collections?

Featured Online Content

The Gutenberg Bible
The first great book printed in Western Europe from movable metal type.

Featured Finding Aid

The Ralph Ellison Collection, (1937-2010) Finding Aid

Also see the description of the Ralph Ellison Library Collection

The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  September 8, 2017
Legal | External Link Disclaimer

Contact Us:  
Ask a Librarian