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世界上最大的图书馆:美国国会图书馆

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替国会买书,1800424

国会图书馆 (Library of Congress) 是怎么诞生的呢?在1800424日,约翰亚当斯总统同意拨款5千美元「购买一切国会需要用到的书」。也因为这样,国会有了自己的图书馆。1801年,第一批从伦敦运到美国的书籍共有740册与3张地图,都被存放在美国首都。到了1802年,热爱学习,而且拥有私人图书馆的托马斯杰佛逊总统,计画要扩大国会图书馆的规模。于是,这个机构被赋予了新的角色与功能,并且在2000424日的时候,庆祝对国会与所有美国人提供服务的二百周年。


How did the Library of Congress get started? On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved $5,000 for the purchase of "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress." As a result, Congress had a library. Those first books that arrived from London in 1801 were a collection of 740 volumes and three maps. They were stored in the U.S. Capitol. In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson, a man who loved learning and had an impressive personal library, made plans to expand the Library. This further defined the role and functions of the new institution, which celebrates 200 years of service to Congress and all Americans on April 24, 2000.

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