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Discover all the resources the Library of Congress has to offer. You might be surprised.

The Library of Congress is the nations oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Librarys mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

As Librarian of Congress, I oversee the many thousands of dedicated staff who acquire, catalog, preserve, and make available library collections within our three buildings on Capitol Hill and over the Internet. I am pleased that you are visiting our Web site today, and I invite you return to it often.

The Librarys presence on Capitol Hill will be enhanced by the scheduled renovation of the Special Facilities Center located at 601 East Capitol Street, S. E., acquired in 1991 by the Architect of the Capitol for the Librarys use to provide short -term housing for researchers using the Librarys collections or engaged in Library programs.

The planned Residential Scholars Center will make it possible for a new cadre of scholars, young researchers, junior fellows, and K-12 teachers to come to the Library to use our collections or to participate in institutes and fellowship programs. The Library is grateful to all of the private donors who contributed to the Librarys fundraising campaign, particularly members of the Librarys James Madison Council, for making the renovation a reality after so many years.

An agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government, the Library of Congress encompasses several integral service and support units, listed below. You may also download a PDF of the Librarys organizational chart (PDF, 815 KB). Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.

The mission of the Office of the Librarian is to set policy and to direct and support programs and activities to accomplish the Librarys mission. The Office of the Librarian is the administrative branch of the Library of Congress and has overall management responsibility for the Library.

CRS exclusively serves Congress by providing confidential, objective and authoritative research and analysis to help inform the legislative debate.

The mission of the Copyright Office is to promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system.

The mission of Library Services is to develop qualitatively the Librarys universal collections, which document the history and further the creativity of the American people and which record and contribute to the advancement of civilization and knowledge throughout the world, and to acquire, organize, provide access to, maintain, secure, and preserve these collections.

The mission of the Office of Strategic Initiatives is to support the Librarys vision and strategy by directing the overall digital strategic planning for the Library and the national program for long-term preservation of digital cultural assets, leading a collaborative institution-wide effort to develop consolidated digital future plans, and integrating the delivery of information technology services.

Several offices that provide essential services to all service and support units within the Library make up this unit. These include Integrated Support Services, Human Resources Services and the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Other offices that operate independently of individual service units but are within the Librarys organizational structure are listed here.

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