Questions

  1. How do I propose a book idea to the Publishing Office?
  2. How do I get permission to reprint material from your publications?
  3. Do you offer internships?
  4. How do I copyright a book or something else (e.g., a musical composition or photograph) I’ve created?
  5. How do I get a Cataloging in Publication (CIP) record for my book?

Answers

  1. How do I propose a book idea to the Publishing Office?
    The Publishing Office publishes books, calendars, and other print products whose topics and contents are based on Library of Congress collections and activities. They draw on visual materials and/or primary source documents ranging from manuscripts to maps to films and photographs in every division of the Library, illuminating and exploring the distinctiveness and importance of the collections. LCPO will consider written proposals for publications that meet these criteria. Proposals should include the subject and scope of the proposed project; the ways it will enhance knowledge of the collections; the proposed audience and market for the publication; and the time, staff, and financial resources necessary to complete the work. Proposals should be submitted to the Director of the Publishing Office for consideration.

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  2. How do I get permission to reprint material from your publications?
    Contact us by telephone or e-mail for information about a single or multiple images. The Publishing Office does not charge for permission, but will provide the proper credit line for using our work. (There will be a charge if you request a scan or print.) If the image is not in the public domain, LCPO may be able to advise you on where to turn to secure permissions, but cannot provide any assistance other than advice. (Please note: For information regarding items from the collections of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, see that division’s “Rights and Permissions” Web page). To use posters, calendars, or other items published by the Library of Congress as set dressing for films and plays, contact LCPO for the proper credit line. Permission to reprint text or portions of a book should be directed to our publishing partners.

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  3. Do you offer internships?
    Qualified interns often reinforce Publishing Office staff for limited periods, particularly during the summer months. Most are college age or graduate students. Anyone interested in an internship should send a cover letter to the Director of Publishing describing his or her qualifications and the dates and hours they expect to work, as well as a resume and references. View alll non-Publishing Office internships within the Library of Congress.

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  4. How do I copyright a book or something else (e.g., a musical composition or photograph) I’ve created?
    The Publishing Office does not copyright books or provide information on copyright. Contact the Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov or call (202)707-3000 for general information. For technical support for online copyright registration or preregistration call (202)707-3002. For answers to frequently asked questions call (202)707-5959 or see the FAQs on the Copyright Office website.

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  5. How do I get a Cataloging in Publication (CIP) record for my book?
    A Cataloging in Publication record (CIP data) is a bibliographic record prepared by the Library of Congress for a book that has not yet been published. The Publishing Office does not process Cataloging in Publication requests or create this record. Contact the Cataloging in Publication Program for more information, including answers to frequently asked questions.

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