Library Of Congress Carol LaRow

Teacher Productivity

Sites on the WEB for Teachers & Students

Library of Congress:

The Library of Congress' primary mission is serving the research needs of the U.S. Congress; however, the Library serves all Americans through its popular Web site and in its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill.

The largest library in the United States, located in Washington, D.C., and maintained largely by federal appropriations. Its original purpose was to provide research facilities for members of Congress; today it serves the public as well. Most copyrighted publications are catalogued by the Library of Congress, whose classification system is used by major libraries around the country.
                                                                                     [The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition]


Especially for teachers!
Links to over 100
American Memory Collections that contain over 7 million:

historical documents maps audio recordings activities
photographs films lessons educational resources
Explore resources from The Learning Page

a. Look in the Community Center for your topic.
         You may find your topic in the Community Center, without having to look further. It uses resources from throughout the LOC to teach themes in the classroom

b. Is your topic presented in Features & Activities? Investigate themes using primary sources.

c. Find a Lesson Plan on your topic. These are teacher created, classroom tested lesson plans you can use.

d. Is there a Collection Connection with teaching resources? Help develop critical thinking skills by analyzing     historical events.

The Amreican Memory provides free access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints,
maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.It is a digital record of American history and creativity. The materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

The American Memory is the largest collection in the Library of Congress. Users can search by time period, media type, place, etc.

Today in History:
  • Search the American Memory archives and historical collections to discover what happened in American history on a specific date.
  • This is a great place for students to use as they do research on the WEB

Other Areas to Explore
America's Story - This area is supposed to be for younger children, but the older ones like it too. Students can search this area by keywords. This links back to the American Memory section.
  • meet amazing Americans
  • jump back in time
  • explore the states
  • join America at play
  • see, hear, and sing

Exhibitions - See some of the actual exhibits housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. See such things as The Gettysburg Address, drafting the Declaration of Independence, memories of Bob Hope, and much more.

Thomas - Federal legislative information is available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995. Allows you to see what your senators or representatives are doing. You can also see the House Floor - live!
Research Center - Folklife, Veterans History Project, Performing Arts, Science & Technology, Language Arts and much more .
I Hear America Singing - Music, theater, and dance collections. The Web site invites visitors to experience the diversity of American performing arts through the Library of Congress's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials. In "Patriotic Medodies," see, hear, and learn about some of our nation's most beloved music.

Soon, visitors will be able to take virtual seats in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium, and other performance venues, to hear concerts performed by world-class artists, and premieres of some of the seminal works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Prints and Photographs - Prints and photographs from the Library of Congress's online catalogs. The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog provides access to about 65% of the Division's holdings, as well as to some images found in other units of the Library of Congress. Many of the catalog records are accompanied by digital images--about one million digital images in all.

Some of the images in the catalog are NOT in the public domain. Read the site carefully before you download.

This is a great resource for student projects and teacher lessons!
Map Collection - Browse through maps, charts, and atlases of different time periods in our history. See the National Parks, Civil War maps, panoramic maps, and much more. Some of the maps can be interactive. Zoom right down to the street level of Colonial America! (must download software from the site)
Interactive Maps using MrSID: - Browse through maps, city streets, satellite data, terrain models, country sides, etc. using MrSID Technology. MrSID allows you to look at a portion of a map and enlarge it, right in your browser window. Just download the MrSID Viewer at the Library of Congress WEB site.

Start at the "American Memory" page and follow links to maps, or use the link in the section above, or click here.


Global Gateway - A listing of digital collections that focus on history and cultures from around the world. The Library's 21 reading rooms provide access to unparalleled global information. These digital reading rooms were put together with the help of international partners.
Lists of Images on Popular Topics -
Prints & Photographs Division staff have selected sets of images on frequently requested topics, focusing on images for which there are no known restrictions.
The images include people, historical events, popular events, architecture, and more.
Ask -a-Librarian - You may pose a question, which goes to a collaborative reference service. You will receive a reply within five business days.You may be asked to give your permission to forward your question outside the Library of Congress, if necessary, and to archive your question and corresponding answer.
Places in the News: The Library of Congress highlights current events and places in the news. The page provides pictures and information about topics in the news.