Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records Available for Free

In its largest digital release to date, the Library of Congress is making 25 million records available for free online. As the United States' oldest cultural institution, the organization holds an incredible amount of information—books, music, manuscripts, maps, and other visuals.

The records released, which span from 1968 to 2014, were previously only available online to paid subscribers.

“The Library of Congress is our nation’s monument to knowledge and we need to make sure the doors are open wide for everyone, not just physically but digitally too,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.“Unlocking the rich data in the Library’s online catalog is a great step forward. I’m excited to see how people will put this information to use.”

By opening up the information to the public, scholars, statisticians, data analysts, and curious intellectuals will have a chance to increase their knowledge. The records will be available via the Library of Congress's online catalog.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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