Great New Ways to Experience the Library of Congress


The Library of Congress has been closed this week, which was surely disappointing to some CIL attendees who would’ve liked to visit. But it was for good reason: The staff there is busy preparing for a major event this Saturday, April 12. That’s the official launch date for the "Library of Congress Experience," an amazing suite of interactive digital displays.

Sure, you could see some of LC’s collections online in the past. But now the staff has digitized much more — including such treasures as the one-of-a-kind Mainz bible and vellum Gutenberg bible. As of the 12th they’ll be online, but also completely available inside LC via cutting-edge touchscreens that let you view page-by-page, zoom in, and learn from added descriptions.

These touchscreens are available for various collections and, as Librarian of Congress James Billington said during today’s special press conference, the Experience will make many "stunning details" accessible "for visitors of all ages and all educational levels."

 Watch for an ITI NewsBreak to be posted next week, with more details and photos!

~Kathy Dempsey

Marketing Library Services editor

2 Responses to “Great New Ways to Experience the Library of Congress”

  1. ~Kathy Dempsey April 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Thank you, Ronald, for pointing me (and other readers!) to your great post. Tho I read very little Dutch, I still enjoyed it.
    I knew the DOK guys were visiting that afternoon, and their interviews, film, and photos always offer wonderful interpretations of our libraries.
    I’m glad you all got to visit America’s biggest library!
    Very Best,

  2. Ronald van Dieen April 10, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi Kathy,

    With a small group of Dutch librarians we had our privat tour behind the scenes in the LoC. Report on
    I think the guys from DOK, who did some interviews with LoC staff will post it online shortly.
    For more pictures of our tour go to