I’ve blogged multiple times about how and why to register your copyrights with the Library of Congress in the past but wonder…

Have you ever thought about what the Library of Congress is, exactly?

Here is what the Library of Congress building looks like:

Well… the main building anyway.  The Library of Congress is in Washington DC, across the street from the east side of the Capitol building. Originally called just the Library of Congress Building, the Library now includes three buildings, so this building was renamed the Thomas Jefferson Building in 1980.

The white building just behind it is the Library of Congress John Adams building; the third building, the Madison building, is just out of view to the right.

The reading room is also amazing to see – you might recognize it if you watched the 2007 movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets starring Nicolas Cage.

(I found these images and info on http://the-lost-symbol-guided-tour.blogspot.com/2009/09/chapter-46.html)

My guess is that all of our copyright submissions are in a much less impressive room full of hard drives and computers.  But it serves it’s purpose when needed!

Want to look at the Library of Congress from a more academic, by-the-numbers standpoint?  Click here to learn more about what is stored there, in what quantities and what languages – pretty interesting statistics in an easy to read graphic.

If you want the more practical information that artists need to know about how to register your art with this gorgeous library in Washington, CLICK HERE to read my blog post about it.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed