Today in History
April 24, 1800
Birth of the Nation’s Library
President John Adams approves a $5,000 appropriation to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress." The first books are subsequently ordered from London in 1801. The first library catalog, dated April 1802, lists 964 volumes and nine maps. Today, the Library's vast holdings number well over 110 million items.
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