The Library of Congress was founded on April 24, 1800. Since then, not only is it the library that Congress uses to help make its all-important decisions, but it is also our country's national library, becoming the largest of its kind in 1990.
Housed in three different buildings on Capitol Hill, the D.C.-based library hosts more than 150 million items including books, maps, newspapers, magazines, music scores, movies, photographs and even audio and Braille books, the Library of Congress likely holds more information than any one human can absorb in a lifetime.
The good news here is that you don't have to travel to D.C. to enjoy every book, film and record that's ever been published in the United States. You don't have to be a government official either. That's because the Library of Congress has made a digital archive that you can enjoy from any part of the country.