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Service of Asian materials.

701.15 Service of European materials. 701.16 Service of folklife materials. 701.17 Service of Hispanic materials. 701.18 Service of legal materials.

701.19 Service of local history and genealogical materials.

701.20 Service of manuscript materials. 701.21 Service of maps and cartographic materials.

701.22 Service of microfilmed materials. 701.23 Service of motion picture and television materials.

701.24 Service of music materials.

701.25 Service of prints and photographs. 701.26 Service of rare books and special collections.

701.27 Service of scientific and technical materials.

701.28 Service of serial materials.

701.29 Service of sound recordings.

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apply for its positions. The Library has a wide range of clerical, technical, and professional positions (the latter being primarily oriented to library operations such as processing, cataloging, and reference, but with some positions in non-librarian occupations such as computer, subject area and research analyst specialists). The Library's Employment Office is located in Room LM-107, James Madison Building, First Street and Independence Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20540. Information

about current employment needs and the procedure for application may be obtained by either visiting this office (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), calling during these hours at (202) 287JOBS, or writing to the above address. A 24-hour recording of general information is available at (202) 287-5295.

[46 FR 48660, Oct. 2, 1981]

§ 701.2 Access to Library buildings.

(a) In accordance with the Library's general policy, persons other than staff members may be admitted to the Library buildings and to the various areas therein that are open to the public during the announced hours of public opening. Such persons may be admitted to other areas within the buildings and at other times only in accordance with established access regulations.

(b) Persons having legitimate business in buildings closed to the public may be admitted after identification by responsible officials in the building or by authority as evidenced by a building access pass issued by the Associate Librarian for Management.

[35 FR 10588, June 30, 1970. Redesignated at 38 FR 27049, Sept. 28, 1973, and amended at 46 FR 48660, Oct. 2, 1981]

§701.3 Removal of materials from the Library buildings.

No material may be removed from the Library buildings without the proper stamp, pass, or other authorization as prescribed by regulations established by The Librarian of Congress. All property including, but not limited to, suitcases, briefcases, handbags, large envelopes, packages, and office

equipment may be inspected upon leaving Library buildings in order to prevent the improper removal of property belonging to the U.S. Government.

[51 FR 22073, June 18, 1986]

§ 701.4 Information about the Library.

(a) Information about the Library. It is the Library's policy to furnish freely information about the Library to the media. All requests from the media, for other than generally published information and Library records, should be referred to the Public Affairs Office.

(b) Public Affairs Office. The Public Affairs Office shall have the principal responsibility for responding to requests for information about the Library from representatives of the media; giving advice to Library officers and staff members on public-relations and public-information matters; keeping the Librarian and other officers informed of important developments in this field; and promoting the resources and activities of the Library.

(1) During regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) telephone operators shall refer requests for information, from the media only, about the Library to the Public Affairs Office. All other requests for information shall be referred to the National Reference Service or other appropriate offices of the Library.

(2) All other Library offices and staff members who receive inquiries directly from representatives of the media for information about the Library, other than generally published information, shall refer such inquiries to the Public Affairs Office.

(3) The Public Affairs Office shall respond directly to inquiries concerning the Library, calling upon other offices to supply information to it as necessary, or shall arrange for other offices or staff members, as appropriate, to supply such information directly and report back to Public Affairs after the contact has been made. Requests for Library of Congress records, however, shall be made in accordance with 36 CFR Part 703.

(4) When the Public Affairs Office is closed (evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays), requests from the media for information about the Library shall be referred to the Public Affairs Officer

at his/her home. In the event that person is not available, inquiries shall be referred to the Acting Public Affairs Officer, or, in turn, a designated public affairs specialist.

(c) Other Library Units and Staff Members. All Other Library Units and Staff Members shall be responsible for keeping the Public Affairs Office fully and promptly informed of contacts with the press, except in those instances of routine reference inquiries; supplying the Public Affairs Office with any data it requires in order to respond to inquiries from representatives of the media; and reporting promptly to the Public Affairs Office substantive contacts with media representatives about the Library and its policies or activities. [65 FR 11736, Mar. 6, 2000]

§ 701.5 The Library's reading rooms and public use thereof.

(a) All members of the public wishing to use materials from the Library's collections first must obtain a User Card. The Library will issue User Cards, in accordance with established access regulations, to those persons who present a valid photo identification card containing their name and current address. The Library-issued User Card will include the name, digitized photograph, and signature of the user. It must be presented when requesting materials housed in the book stacks or other non-public areas or upon request of a Library staff member. In accordance with Library regulations which prescribe the conditions of reader registration and use of Library materials, presentation of a User Card may be required for entry into certain reading rooms. The Library will maintain the information found on the User Cards, including the digitized photograph and other pertinent information, in an automated file for collections security purposes. Access to the automated file shall be limited to only those Library staff whose official duties require access. The automated file shall be physically separated and accessible only from inside the Library.

(b) Materials in the general classified collections of the Library are serviced in the Main and Local History and Genealogy reading rooms (Thomas Jefferson Building), and the Science and

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Social Science reading rooms (John Adams Building). Special collections, as explained further in subsequent sections, are serviced in the following reading rooms; Archive of Folk Culture, European, Microform, and Rare Book and Special Collections (Thomas Jefferson Building), African and Middle East and Asian (Adams Building), and Geography and Map, Law Library, Manuscript, Motion Picture and Television, Newspaper and Current Periodical, Performing Arts, Prints and Photographs, and Recorded Sound Reference Center (James Madison Memorial Building). Reference and bibliographic assistance is provided by the staff on duty in the reading rooms, to the extent necessary to supplement the reader's prior use of library resources elsewhere and/or to facilitate use of the Library's collections.

[51 FR 22073, June 18, 1986, as amended at 60 FR 34853, July 5, 1995]

§701.6 Service of the general collections.

(a) Requests for materials in the general classified collections are submitted by readers on forms provided for that purpose. Available materials so requested are located and delivered to readers by the staff. Subject to specified limitations, materials may be reserved for continued use. Access to the bookstacks is permitted only under regulations established by the Librarian of Congress.

(b) Definitions. (1) Security means administration of continuing, effective controls in areas where materials are housed for the purpose of preprocessing or processing, storage, access, or use. These controls are designed to safeguard against theft, loss, misplacement, or damage from improper use or vandalism and may vary as appropriate to the quality, monetary value, replaceability, fragility, or other special or unusual conditions relating to the materials concerned.

(2) Library material means:

(i) Items in all formats (including, but not limited to, books and pamphlets; documents; manuscripts; maps; microfiche, microfilms, and other microforms; motion pictures, photographs, posters, prints, drawings, videotapes, and other visual materials;

newspapers and periodicals; recorded discs, tapes, or audio/video/digital_materials in other formats) either in the collections of the Library of Congress or acquired for and in process for the Library's collections;

(ii) Objects such as musical instruments, printing blocks, copper engraving plates, paintings, and scrolls, and

(iii) Control files, which are manual or automated files essential to the physical or intellectual access to Library materials, such as catalogs, computer tapes, finding aids, and shelflists. These include items that are acquired as an integral part of Library materials and are accessioned into the collections with them permanent inventory records, public catalogs, and other finding aids.


(3) Security-controlled means, but is not limited to: general and special reading rooms and research facilities where materials are issued under controlled circumstances for use of readers; the bookstacks and other storage facilities where materials are housed when not in use; and work areas where materials are held temporarily for processing.

(c) General policy for use of Library materials. Materials retrieved for readers' use shall be used only in assigned reading rooms or research facilities. Use elsewhere in Library buildings requires specific authorization from designated staff members of the custodial unit. Use of materials assigned to reference collections shall be in accordance with established regulations. To minimize the risk of theft, loss, or damage when the materials are removed from designated storage areas, the conditions of availability and use will vary as appropriate to the quality of materials, their monetary value, replaceability, format, physical condition, and the purpose for which they are to be circulated-reader use within the Library, exhibits, preservation, photoduplication, or loan outside the Library. Unless otherwise specified by Library regulations, and/or legal or contractual obligations, the conditions and procedures for use of materials, including duplication, either inside or outside of the Library buildings, shall be determined by or in consultation

with the unit head responsible for the custody of the material used.

(1) Any material removed from the security-controlled environment of a reading room or storage area, and meeting the established criteria must be charged as an internal or external loan through the Loan Division, in accordance with established loan regulations. The security of in-process material, and special collections material not meeting the criteria of these regulations, is the responsibility of the division chief or equivalent Library officer with physical control of the material. That division shall determine whether or not a Loan Division internal charge must be created when an item is removed for use. If a Loan Division record is not created, the division shall create and maintain a local record until the item is returned.

(2) When the period of use is completed, all materials shall be returned immediately to the custodial unit to be placed in designated shelf or other locations in assigned storage areas. Charge records for the returned materials shall be removed from the charge files.

(d) Penalties. Readers who violate established conditions and/or procedures for using material are subject to penalties to be determined by or in consultation with the unit head responsible for the custody of the material used.

(1) When a reader violates a condition and/or procedure for using material, the division chief or head of the unit where the infraction occurred may, upon written notification, deny further access to the material, or to the unit in which it is housed, to be determined by the nature of the infraction and the material involved.

(2) Within five workdays of receipt of such notification, the reader may make a written request, including the reasons for such request to the Associate Librarian for that service unit, or his/ her designee, for a reconsideration of said notification.

(3) The Associate Librarian for that service unit, or his/her designee, shall respond within five workdays of receipt of such request for reconsideration and may rescind, modify, or reaffirm said notification, as appropriate.

(4) Repeated violations of established conditions and/or procedures for using material may result in denial of further access to the premises and further use of the Library's facilities or revocation of the reader's User Card, in accordance with established access regulations.

(5) Mutilation or theft of Library property also may result in criminal prosecution, as set forth in 18 U.S.C. 641, 1361, and 2071; and 22 D.C. Code 3106.

(6) In certain emergency situations requiring prompt action, the division chief or head of the unit where the infraction occurred immediately may deny further access to the material or unit prior to making written notification action. In such cases, the reader shall be notified, in writing, within three days of the action taken and the reasons therefor. The reader then may request reconsideration.

(7) A copy of any written notification delivered pursuant to this part shall be forwarded to the Captain, Library Police, the service unit, and the Director, Integrated Support Services, for retention.

[35 FR 10588, June 30, 1970. Redesignated at 38 FR 27049, Sept. 28, 1973, and amended at 51 FR 22073, June 18, 1986; 60 FR 34853, July 5, 1995]

§ 701.7 Reference and bibliographic as


(a) Reference and bibliographic services provided in response to requests from readers and requests received by telephone and by mail are governed by policies and regulations established by the Librarian of Congress.

(b) Readers requiring reference and bibliographic assistance in the general collections and aid in the use of the catalogs may request help from the staff on duty in the general reading rooms. Requests for such assistance in special collections are referred to the appropriate specialized division and reading rooms.

(c) Reference inquiries and requests for service which cannot be satisfied by other libraries or scholarly institutions nearer the inquirer may be submitted to the Library of Congress, which will respond to them insofar and on such

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conditions as available staff and facilities permit.

[35 FR 10588. June 30, 1970. Redesignated at 38 FR 27049, Sept. 28, 1973, and amended at 46 FR 48661, Oct. 2, 1981]

$701.8 Assignment of special research


(a) Study shelves. Individually-assigned reserve shelves are available adjacent to several reading rooms for the use of researchers whose work requires access to the same materials over an extended period of time. Shelves are assigned to applicants for a specific period through the Research Facilities Office. Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Shelves must be renewed at designated intervals.

(b) Study desks. A limited number of study desks are available for the use of researchers engaged in full-time research projects involving extensive use of materials requiring larger amounts of material drawn from the Library's collections, more work space, greater physical security, and/or a more private environment than might be possible in a reading room. Study desk areas shall not be used as a primary office from which the project undertaken is operated, nor as a business location. Study desks are initially assigned for a period not to exceed one year, with the assignment and termination dates determined by the Head of the Main Reading Room Section, Humanities and Social Sciences Division. The assignment of a study desk beyond the first year may be made by the Chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division for a maximum of two years from the first assignment when there is a demonstrated need for the continuation of the assignment. Assignments beyond two years require an exception to this part and shall be specifically authorized by the Associate Librarian for Library Services. Any researcher who demonstrates a continuing need for a facility beyond an expiration date may reapply, but priority will be given to applicants on the waiting list who meet the specific criteria.

(c) Congressional use of study rooms. Rooms 225A-225E in the James Madison Building are available for the exclusive use of Members of Congress and Committees for official research that re

quires use of the Library's collections or files in the Congressional Research Service. Assignment of study rooms shall be made in accordance with the Resolution of the Joint Committee on the Library of September 12, 1959, which states: "*** occupancy of study rooms assigned to Members should not be delegated to others than members of their own office staff who are paid no less than 20 hours per week from U.S. Government funds and at a rate of not less than the minimum salary of a GS3 clerk-typist ***, and that Members should not request assignments of rooms for themselves merely for the purpose of sponsoring the work of private individuals and non-Government

groups. ***' Rooms are assigned for one year or the life of the project, whichever is less, with the assignment and termination dates determined by the Director of the Congressional Relations Office.

[62 FR 64280, Dec. 5, 1997]

$701.9 Loans of library materials.

The Library of Congress is not a public circulating library and no material in its collections may be taken from the Library buildings except upon approval by the Chief of the Loan Division. Members of Congress, heads of executive departments, and other statutory borrowers, however, have the privilege of withdrawing books by virtue of their office. Subject to regulations and conditions established by The Librarian of Congress, special permission to withdraw materials may be given to congressional staff. Applications for such privilege are acted upon by the Chief of the Loan Division, who is responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of the regulations governing loans. Except for Members of Congress, heads of executive departments, and others authorized by the Librarian to have materials assembled and delivered to them, persons having the borrowing privilege must present materials to be borrowed to the Loan Division for recording and for issuance of a door pass. Borrowers must present the materials for inspection to the guards on duty at the exits to the Library buildings. Materials are issued on interlibrary loan to other libraries

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