Library of Congress Magazine (LCM) is published bimonthly to tell the Library’s stories, to showcase its many talented staff, and to share and promote the use of the resources of the world’s largest library.

Current Issue

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Vol. 3 No. 6: Nov.-Dec. 2014

The great charter of 1215, Magna Carta, comes to the Library for a limited engagement & brings with it an incredible history. Also, Look Magazine offers a view into the world of 1950s America, and more.

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Issues from 2014

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Vol. 3 No. 5: Sept.-Oct. 2014

The archetypical American ballet, "Appalachian Spring," was commissioned by and premiered at the Library of Congress. Also, a history of the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement and a look at Mark Twain's work on copyright.

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Vol. 3 No. 4: July-Aug. 2014

The Library's six overseas offices help grow and maintain a diverse international collection. Also, the World Digital Library shares world treasures in six languages and the Law Library contains laws of nations that no longer exist.

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Vol. 3 No. 3: May-June 2014

For 100 years the staff of the Library's Congressional Research Service has served Congress with important research and information for its lawmaking work. Also, Roy Wilkins and the Civil Rights movement, a centennial of ASCAP and more.

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Vol. 3 No. 2: Mar.-Apr. 2014

More than 400 years of great American pastimes — from baseball to volleyball, badminton to hunting, football to roller derby — can be found in the nation’s library. Also, preserving pulp fiction, Mexican treasures and historical computing.

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Vol. 3 No. 1: Jan.-Feb. 2014

The Library preserves first-hand accounts from several key points in history, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era to today. Also, oddities in the collections, an app for the annotated Constitution and the Library in works of fiction.

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Issues from 2013

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Vol. 2 No. 5: Sept.-Oct. 2013

It's back to school season! We feature resources and features designed to help teachers use the Library's unmatched primary resources to help in their classroom work. Also, 200 years of Wagner and Verdi and social media milestones.

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Vol. 2 No. 4: July-August 2013

We set the clock back 50 years and examine 1963, a seminal year in American history, with events in the civil rights movement, shifts in popular culture and the assassination of a president. Also: federal buying power and a book by another Obama.

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Vol. 2 No. 3: May-June 2013

The "Gibson Girl" set the archetype for young women at the start of the last century and was the epitome of illustration style for two decades. Also, the struggles for women's suffrage, celebrating Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine and the high-tech cloning of a Stradivari violin.

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Vol. 2 No. 2: March-April 2013

The mission of the Library is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties, and here’s exactly how we do it. Also, a profile of Mary Pickford, Hollywood’s first female mogul, rock and roll interviews, March madness, and a word from the Poet Laureate.

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Vol. 2 No. 1: Jan.-Feb. 2013

A presidential inauguration comes just once every four years, but each has had its special character. This issue focuses on presidents and the national celebrations where they are sworn in. Also: sharing Rachmaninoff’s music, preserving our film heritage and how to register for copyright.

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Issues from 2012

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Vol. 1 No. 2: Nov.-Dec. 2012

A new exhibition highlighting the personal aspects of the Civil War in America is the focus of the cover story of this issue, which also includes a celebration of books that shaped America, the facts behind the Maya calendar and 2012, and the first recipe for pumpkin pie.

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Vol. 1 No. 1: Sept.-Oct. 2012

The War of 1812 resulted in the burning of the U.S. Capitol and its contents. The Library of Congress arose from those ashes to become the largest library in the history of the world. Our premiere issue discusses our history and the services we offer to Congress and to researchers today.

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Library of Congress Information Bulletin

The first issue of the Library of Congress Staff Information Bulletin was published on Jan. 23, 1942—nearly two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor that led to America’s entry into World War II. The publication provided the staff with wartime information such as air-raid watches, In July 1943, the publication was renamed the Library of Congress Information Bulletin and its audience was broadened to include the public as well as the staff. Through improvements in technology, the Information Bulletin evolved from a mimeographed sheet to a four-color printed publication produced using digital technology. Issues dating from 1993-2011 are accessible online. Its successor publication, Library of Congress Magazine, debuted in 2012.

Go to Library of Congress Information Bulletin (1993-2011)

Issues of the Library of Congress Information Bulletin from 1972 to 1992 are available via the Hathi Trust Digital Library (external link).