2000 – Library of Congress – The Library celebrates its bicentennial during the year, culminating in the actual anniversary date on April 24. 2001 – Library of Congress – The first National Book Festival, developed in cooperation with First Lady Laura Bush, takes place on Sept. 8. 2007 – Library of Congress – The new Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation located on a 45-acre site in Culpeper, Virginia, is transferred to the Library by the Packard Humanities Institute on July 26. The Institute provided $155 million..Continue

1901 – Library of Congress – On Oct. 28, the Library announces that its printed catalog cards are now available for sale to libraries around the world. 1903 – Library of Congress – President Theodore Roosevelt issues an executive order on March 9 directing the transfer of the records of the Continental Congress and the personal papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, James Monroe and Benjamin Franklin from the State Department to the Library. The Library is home to the..Continue

1800 – Library of Congress – The Library of Congress was established as the fledgling legislature of the new Republic prepared to move from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. On April 24, 1800, Pres. John Adams approved legislation that appropriated $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” 1802 – Library of Congress – President Thomas Jefferson approves a compromise act of Congress on Jan. 26 which states that the President of the..Continue

1731 – Benjamin Franklin founds United States’s first lending library in Philadelphia. Most Americans in the 1730s had limited access to books. Books, in early America, were rare and expensive. There were no public libraries. Only the very wealthy and the clergy had access to large numbers of books. Even men of moderate means could not readily afford books. Enter Benjamin Franklin. On July 1, 1731, Franklin and a group of members from the Junto, a philosophical association, drew up..Continue