National Geographic : 1915 Mar
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS A part of the most complete legislative plant in the world. Around the square between it and the Capitol are grouped four buildings representing an aggregate cost of more than $25,000,000, which house the law making machinery of the United States Government. The Library was completed in1897; its style of architecture is Italian Renaissance, and its 2,000 windows make it the best lighted library in theworld. Its great bookstacks areofsteel and marble construction and the shelves have a total length of nearly fifty miles. A book carrier of special designautomatically carries books from the shelves to the reading room and back again to their proper decks again. It unloads each book at its proper deckand will never permit itself tobeoverloaded. The ultimate capacity of the Library is 4,500,000 volumes. The Library was built from plans prepared by Smithmeyer &Pelz and Edward Pearce Casey.