Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Library of Congress field trip offers lessons in history


This month, students and faculty from Fairfax took a field trip to the Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

It is said that the Library of Congress is the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, with a growing collection of more than 162 million items, including books, print materials, sound recordings, photographs, maps, sheet music, movies, and manuscripts.

The Library of Congress was established in 1800, when President John Adams signed a bill transferring the seat of the U.S. government to Washington. The legislation described a library of “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.”

Read more about the field trip below.



By Adel Alshalem

The Library of Congress is very important for students in all stages because it helps them get resources for their researches. Also, people go to the library to get information about different fields.

Libraries have been founded ages ago like: Library of Congress, Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Rome's Vatican Library, and the British Library. Last Thursday, all students in Virginia Tech with their professors went  to Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. During that trip, there were many of positives: great relationships, beautiful designs of the library, and great place to study, as well as, some negatives such as short time of visiting, and the noise.

Field trips have many advantages, one of them is increased relation between students and each other, and students with their teachers. For example, during the trip, I talked a lot with one of my professors, and we found that we had same concerns in same life topics. In addition, when we arrived to the Thomas Jefferson Building where the Library of Congress is, we saw a building design that was so beautiful. The great hall was the grand centerpiece of this Italian Renaissance-style building. The building was of several levels. The inscriptions and drawings on the walls and ceilings stunned us respectfully to those people who made that giant edifice.

Next, The Library of Congress is the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, with a growing collection of more than 162 million items, including books, print materials, sound recordings, maps, and manuscripts in more than 470 languages. Huge items  make the library the best place for  researchers, students, and intellectuals.

On the other hand, there were some negatives that I did not like them in that trip. The noise was inside the library of a large number of visitors in the same time. It made us unable to listen to the person who was explaining to us about the library. Also, a duration of visit was very short. Wherefore, we could not see all sections of the library. The time inside The Library of Congress passed quickly, so we could not know what was the system used in the library such as; borrowing, purchases, and classification of books.

In short, the library is the place in which literary and artistic materials like books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, prints, records and tapes are kept for reading, reference or lending. Although there were some drawbacks of this trip like; clutter and  the short duration of the visit, there were many features such as; team spirit between Virginia Tech family,  wonderful view of the Library of Congress building, and a huge number of items for knowledge. In my opinion that same this trip is significant of students in schools.

As result, I will recommend that my friends visit the Library of Congress.


By Asma Bin Jari

I was visiting the Library of Congress with my class. It is a huge place and amazing. I saw a lot of painting on the walls. It is very beautiful. The library had a 40 million of deferent language around world. I liked the statues, which looked real. Thank you for this trip it very nice.

By Elham Gabali

I visited the Library of Congress; it was a beautiful place. I liked this building very much. When it opened to the public in 1897, it was first building in D.C. to construct with electricity. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. It has three floors. Also has big main room reading. It has big dome in main room reading. It has more than 162 million items. It is very nice library.

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