Police Communications Center, staffed by members of the Library
of Congress Police Force, is a vital aspect of the Library's security
Library of Congress Security
Security of the collections, staff, and visitors
in the Library of Congress is a top priority of the institution. At the
same time, the Library maintains its traditional role as an open, public
facility engaged in making its resources available to the American people.
The purpose of this Web site is to provide to public users information
about the Library's security practices and requirements, particularly
those that affect a reader's use of the Library's reading rooms and other
- Entry and
All members of the public entering any Library building must pass
through a metal detector. All those exiting any Library building must
pass through an electronic theft detection system and open all bags,
etc., for inspection.
- Reader Registration
Those who wish to use any Library reading room must first register,
in person, at the Reader Registration Station, present valid photo
identification, and receive a Reader Identification Card.
- Personal Belongings
Researchers are restricted from bringing a variety of personal materials
into most of the Library's reading rooms. Cloakrooms are available
to check such materials.
- Closed Stack System
The Library's stacks are closed to the public. Needed materials must
- Use of Collections
Materials from the collections of the Library of Congress cannot be
"checked out" by members of the public and removed from
the Library. Materials must be used in the reading room in which they
Your Personal Property
Normal precautions should be taken by researchers to safeguard their
personal property while in the Library.
- Conduct on Library
All individuals within the Library must conform to certain standards
of behavior and conduct.
- Video Surveillance
Activity in the Library's reading rooms is monitored by video cameras
and is recorded.
- Key Security Contacts
- General Information