Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Days Out For Writers: Library of Congress

This day out for writers and readers could involve a plane for most readers of this blog. I had the chance to go along to the Library of Congress while on my honeymoon, back in September.

There are two ways to get to the Library of Congress either through the front door or an underground passage from the Capitol Building. We went via the Capitol Building (you can do tours around that building too).

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and holds over 32 million catalogued books! Thanks to the power of Wikipedia I can tell you that there are 838 miles of shelves. There's no way I would want to dust those books.

It is the most impressive library I have ever visited. For once I am going to let the pictures do the talking. It is such an amazing building and it feels more like a Greek temple than a library. Its no surprise that it has been used as a location for many films.

The Library of Congress is a great place to visit for writers and for readers as you will find some of the oldest books within the walls of the library. I think it's good for writers to know about the beginnings of publishing and reading. There are tour guides who show groups around the library, pointing out the intricate details and the history.

You are also allowed to look from the balcony into the reading room and watch people reading and doing research.

There are lots of exhibits - while we were there we learnt about maps throughout history.

If you ever get a chance to visit then you should definitely find the time to have a look around the building.

Plus the gift shop is full of writer/reader goodies!

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