Main Reading Room to Host Open House on Columbus Day
Byline: Submitted by Library of Congress Office of Communications
Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its Main Reading Room for a special public open house. The fall open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 14. Photography will be allowed.
The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. Reference librarians will be available to demonstrate the library's online resources and discuss access to the library's vast on-site collections, including services and collections for use in family history research.
No other reference services will be available and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed.
The Jefferson Building, which will be open to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., also features the Great Hall and the Library of Congress exhibitions.
Among current exhibitions in the Jefferson building are "The Civil War in America" and "A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington."
Housed in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor through Jan. 4, 2014, "The Civil War in America" exhibit presents the library's unmatched Civil War collections. Items shown chronicle the sacrifices and accomplishments of those -- in both the North and South -- whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861-1865. …