Friday, December 07, 2007

Your Federal Libraries

Under the Information Superdome
Did you know that our country has four federal libraries supported by your tax dollars? All four libraries are located in the Washington D.C. area and house a plethora of materials on their respective topics, both very old and cutting edge. All of these institutions are considered to be some of the leading libraries in their field. Check out their websites, explore, then visit them early and often!

National Agricultural Library
This library houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land grant and USDA field libraries.

National Library of Medicine
This library is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care. The NLM supports Medline Plus, a comprehensive medical information database.

Library of Congress
This library is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in its collections.

National Library of Education
This library is the world's largest federally funded library devoted solely to education and is the federal government's main resource center for education information.