Where Is The World's Biggest Library?


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Jeromeproofer Penn Profile
In terms of shelf space, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest library in the world. It is located across three different buildings and it is the de facto national library of the United States. It is also the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

The shelf space of the Library of Congress is 530 miles (850 km) in length. This is longer than the next largest library in the world; the British Library in London, which has 388 miles (625 km) of shelf space. While the Library of Congress has the most shelf space, it does not house the most items of all libraries in the world, however.

The Library of Congress holds around 130 million items, including 29 million books, but the British Library holds 150 million items, including 25 million books.

The 3 buildings of the Library of Congress are:

- The Thomas Jefferson Building (opened 1897)
- The John Adams Building (opened 1938)
- The James Madison Memorial Building (opened 1981)

The Thomas Jefferson Building is the main building of the library and the John Adams Building is its annex. The James Madison Memorial Building serves as the headquarters of the library.

The head of the library is referred to as the Librarian of Congress. The current holder of this position is James H. Billington, who is the thirteenth person to do the job and has been in the role since September 1987.
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Rajesh Shri answered
The world's biggest library according to the Guinness Book of Records is the Library of Congress the national library of the United States. The adjudication is done on the basis of the shelf space that the library collection occupies as the British Library the world's other great library houses a collection comprising of 150 million items as against the 130 million housed by the Library of Congress.

However in terms of shelf space the Library of Congress shelves occupy a space of about 850 km (530 miles) while the British Library shelf space is 625 km (388 miles) long. The Library of Congress' collection of books is in the range of 29 million while the number of books of the British Library is about 25 million.

The Library of Congress was established in April 1800 and is spread over three buildings namely The Thomas Jefferson Building, The John Adams Building and The James Madison Memorial Building; the collection of the library consists of along with books, newspapers from across the world, microfilm reels (500,000), comic books (6000), manuscripts (58 million), films, maps (4.8 million) and sound recordings (2.7 million); the rarest item in the library is a Gutenberg Bible dating from the 15th century.
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The name of biggest library in the world is the library  of congress in washington d.c
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The largest library in the world is situated in Washington DC, in the United States of America and is known as The United States Library of Congress. This library holds a massive 118 million items and has 500 miles of shelving! It currently holds the title in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest library in the world.

The largest British library in the United Kingdom is situated in 19 buildings in London. It has a total of 2500 staff working there and contains over 18 million books. Stock increases involve over eight miles per year.

The newspaper library at Colindale in North London opened in 1932 and has 583000 newspapers and an incredible 22 miles of shelving. The document supply centre in West York runs the largest inter-lending operation in the world. It handles over 3 millions requests from other libraries. The National Sound Archive holds one million disks and 65'000 hours of recorded tape.
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United state america
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Right here on the internet! There's no point in building another one for the sake of it being the largest in the world. No library is bigger than the internet:)

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