LOC Itself
Update: On Monday Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, you’re invited to a special public event. The Library of Congress is holding an open house in its magnificent Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. Photographers welcome. (Sorry, no tripods.)

Come and experience a palace of knowledge and try out your own photographic eye!

Then upload your photos to your Flickr account with the tag LOCspring2013. We’ll create galleries on the Library’s Flickr Commons account to share the day with the rest of the Flickr community, just as we did for the photography meetup in 2012.

To provide an online tour of the LOC for everyone, this set offers photos from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive. Symbols of knowledge and wisdom abound in the Thomas Jefferson Building, which opened to the public in 1897--from the dome’s torch of learning to a larger-than-life mosaic of Minerva. And,
owls pop up in unexpected places in the Library’s art deco style John Adams Building, which opened in 1930.

Carol has taken more than 500
photos of the LOC buildings
! Her great eye will help you enjoy aerial views taken from a helicopter, close-ups ceiling murals shot from tall scaffolds, and perspective-corrected scenes of the grand interior spaces.

Learn More:

- On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the Buildings of the Library of Congress,
by John Y. Cole, 1995. (original print version)

- Virtual Tour of the LOC buildings

- LOC history over the last 200+ years

- Thomas Jefferson Building: Art and Architecture reference aid

- LOC photos by Carol M. Highsmith.
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