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A frontal view of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson building in Washington, D.C. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 147 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 33 million books and other print materials, 3 million recordings, 12.5 million photographs, 5.4 million maps, 6 million pieces of sheet music and 64.5 million manuscripts. Items in the collection represent 470 different languages. Among other areas of interest, the Library is also home to the U.S. Patent office, as well as one of only 3 perfect vellum Gutenberg Bibles.