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The Library of Congress
“The world’s largest library is on its way to becoming another one of Washington’s acclaimed museums,” said Peggy McGlone in The Washington Post. Credit current Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who promised in 2016 to make America’s “palace of knowledge” more welcoming to nonscholars. Last year, Hayden added a major collection of comic books to the library’s 170 million holdings, and she also opened a splashy exhibition on baseball. But she has bigger plans. If her proposal is approved, the 1897 library building, an “architectural wonder” known for its Great Hall, would undergo a $60 million renovation to create public spaces where visitors could see more highlights of the collection, including a display of books that Thomas Jefferson donated to start the library. The grand Main Reading Room will remain the heart of the operation, reserved for quiet research but visible to other visitors through a new glass wall.