The Library of Congress Becomes a World Library, 1815-2005

  title={The Library of Congress Becomes a World Library, 1815-2005},
  author={John Y. Cole},
  journal={Libraries \& Culture},
  pages={385 - 398}
  • J. Cole
  • Published 25 October 2005
  • History
  • Libraries & Culture
Established as a legislative library in 1800 to support the U.S. Congress when it moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress—retaining its original name and primary legislative purpose—has subsequently become the largest and most international of the world's major libraries. The principal reason is that Librarians of Congress since Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1864–97), but especially Herbert Putnam (1899–1939), Luther H. Evans (1945–53), and James H. Billington (1987… 
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