As a librarian, visiting the Library of Congress seems almost like making a pilgrimage to Mecca. It simply must be done at some point in your life. I had been to Washington D.C. once before for a library convention, but had not been able to see the Library of Congress because of their early closing time of 4:30 p.m. I had not expected to visit while I was in D.C. last summer for the same reason. But one Friday morning, my internship supervisor, Barbara Kelley insisted I go that afternoon. She even sent me with Hollace Goodman, who volunteers daily at the HLAA office.
In this first of two posts, I will share the photos I took during my visit. I had not expected the Library of Congress to be as beautiful as it is. When I first came in, I felt as though I had entered a cathedral. The place was magnificent. My eyes feasted on the beauty. Here's a look at what I saw:
This is the impressive building from the outside.
This fountain reminded me of Rome.
The famous reading room
I was surprised that we weren't allowed in. We
could only view it for a few moments from above.
Books from Thomas Jefferson's collection
Although my photos do not show other
visitors, the place was packed with tourists.
Stained glass panels in the ceiling
Closeup on a corner's detailed artistry
Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom
I hope you enjoyed these pictures from this extraordinary library. In my next post, I'll talk about the difficulties I had as a hard of hearing visitor and share the communications I had with the Library of Congress concerning accommodations and access.