sexta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2014


Library of Congress by the Numbers, 2013

loc outsideAerial view of the Thomas Jefferson Building, the oldest structure in the Library of Congress complex
The Library of Congress processed 150+ million items and as you will see that is only part of what they accomplished throughout a very active year.  It is mind boggling!
Here is what went on at our nations oldest cultural institution in 2013:
  • Responded to more than 636,000 congressional reference requests and delivered to Congress approximately 23,000 volumes from the Library’s collections;
  • Registered 496,599 claims to copyright;
  • Provided reference services to 513,946 individuals in person, by telephone and through written and electronic correspondence;
  • Circulated more than 25 million copies of Braille and recorded books and magazines to the user accounts of more than 800,000 blind and physically handicapped readers;
  • Circulated more than 1 million items for use within the Library;
  • Preserved more than 5.6 million items from the Library’s collections;
  • Recorded a total of 158,007,115 physical items in the collections:
    • 23,592,066 cataloged books in the Library of Congress classification system
    • 13,344,477 books in large type and raised characters, incunabula (books printed before 1501), monographs and serials, music, bound newspapers, pamphlets, technical reports and other print material
    • 121,070,572 items in the nonclassified (special) collections, including:
      • 3,530,036 audio materials (discs, tapes, talking books and other recorded formats)
      • 68,971,722 manuscripts
      • 5,507,706 maps
      • 16,816,894 microforms
      • 1,697,513 moving images (film, television broadcasts, DVDs)
      • 6,751,212 items of sheet music
      • 14,472,273 visual materials, as follows:
      • 13,728,116 photographs
      • 104,879 posters
      • 639,278 prints and drawings
    • 3,323,216 other (including machine-readable collections)

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