Library of Congress-Library Services


To acquire, organize, provide access to, maintain, secure, and preserve the collections of the Library of Congress.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/05/2005 (This porgram is not the domestic assistance type required to be listed in the CFDA.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
During fiscal year 2002, Library Services divisions compiled bibliographies and performed direct reference services in person, by correspondence, by electronic mail, and by telephone, exhibits, public lectures, and symposia.
2 U.S.C. 136; 20 U.S.C. 91.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Use of the Library is free and admission to its reading rooms is permitted with a reader registration card issued by the Library.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not Applicable.
All persons requiring access to any of the reading rooms, whether or not they are requesting items from the collections, must register and acquire a Library-issued user card.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Walk-in service, telephone, written, or electronic request.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Research and reader services are rendered in such diverse fields as American history, science, technology, and business, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, Eastern and Western European, and Hispanic studies, children's literature, music, dance, theater, geography, and cartography, and for a variety of library materials such as newspapers, serials (periodicals), manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, rare books, prints, photographs, and motion pictures. In general, guidance is offered in the identification and use of library materials. Reference service in answer to telephone and written inquiries is offered to persons who have first made full use of State, local, and regional library resources. Indirect reference service is provided through bibliographic guides and research reports prepared by subject specialists and reference librarians. Persons requiring services which cannot be performed by Library of Congress staff, can be supplied with the names of private researchers who will undertake the work on a fee basis, or of other individuals, organizations, and/or agencies which serve as information resources in the requested subject field. In addition, the library fulfills the dual role of cataloging materials for its own use and for contributing records to national and international data bases.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
For general reference: Reference Referral Service, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540. Telephone: (202) 707-5522. Visitors Services: Visitors Orientation and Tours. Telephone: (202) 707-5458.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 02 $153,947,103; FY 03 est $178,000,000; and FY 04 est $183,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Brochures on services are available free upon written request from the headquarters office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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