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    Library of Congress - 10 Amazing Facts

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Library of Congress - 10 Amazing Facts - as part of the travel series by GeoBeats.

    10 - The Library started in 1800 with a grant of $5,000 from the Congress.

    9 - It was originally located in the Capitol, but was burned by the British soldiers in 1814.

    8 - It's the largest library in the world and has nearly 147 million items on 838 miles of bookshelves.

    7 - The collections in the Library are in more than 470 languages.

    6 - It has more than 33 million books, 5.4 million maps, and 64.5 million manuscripts.

    5 - The smallest book in the Library, Old King Cole is 1/25" x 1/25". Its pages can be turned only through a needle.

    4 - The largest book in the Library is a book on Bhutan. It is 5-by-7 foot in dimension.

    3 - The U.S. Copyright Office is located in the Library of Congress.

    2 - The Library adds nearly 10,000 items to its collections every day.

    1 - It holds one of the oldest examples of printing in the world, a Buddhist discourse printed in 770 A.D.