Holiday Schedule Changes

The Capitol Visitor Center:
Will be closed Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25;
Will close at 1 p.m. Monday, December 31;
and will be closed Tuesday, January 1.

Knowledge

"Congressional Library Building, view of Great Hall,” Smithmeyer and Pelz, architects, ink on paper, 1888

The Congress shall have Power To ... promote ... useful Arts

Knowing that democracy flourishes best in an open environment with an educated citizenry, Congress has promoted public education, supported the arts and sciences, and funded extensive research, as illustrated in these documents. In that same spirit, it established the Library of Congress, now the world's largest library, with unparalleled collections in every field of human endeavor.