About this Tutorial
● This LibGuide is intended primarily as a tutorial in shelf-reading for new library assistants, but might also provide general orientation for those using an academic library organized by the Library of Congress Classification system.
● Most academic libraries use LCC.
● Learn more about the system: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcc.html
Thomas Jefferson's Library
After the British burned the original Congressional library during the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson, the debt-ridden former President, sold his vast personal library to the United States government. This collection formed the nucleus of the modern Library of Congress. Read more about it here: