By nearly all measures, the Library of Congress holds the record as the world’s largest library. The Library of Congress houses over 30 million volumes, contains over 745 miles of shelf space, employs around 3000 people and has an annual budget of over $300 million. The Library of Congress can also be accessed online.
Although there are no official records regarding the world’s smallest libraries, housing around 50 volumes, citizens of a village in England may have converted a phone booth into the world’s smallest library. Visit the BBC News for an article on the smallest library.
Of all of the ancient libraries, the library at Alexandria is likely the most famous. As a symbol of affluence in many societies, library buildings often involve the latest and greatest elements from the world of architecture. This certainly rings true for both the ancient and modern libraries at Alexandria. The ancient library of Alexandria disappeared after it was destroyed by fire in 48 BC. In 2002, Egypt completed construction of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, near the site of the ancient library. Images of the stunning architecture of Bibliotheca Alexandrina can be viewed by navigating through its homepage.
Libraries are nearly as old as written language. Thus far, the oldest library discovered by archeologists is a collection of tablets dating from between 2500 to 2250 BC, found in Ebla, Syria. In the mid-1970s, archeologists uncovered approximately 1800 clay tablets. A brief history of the city of Ebla with pictures of the tablets can be found on Wikipedia. Hans Wellisch provides a more detailed account of the library in, “Ebla: the World’s Oldest Library.” Among many interesting topics, the tablets indicate that the city of Ebla produced several varieties of beer.
Stop by the library for candy. Check out the Library Blog for daily library trivia. View our READ poster exhibit. Learn why this year’s READ poster participants, Professor Natasha Martin and Dean Mark Niles, selected the books on display as ones that held special significance to them. For past READ poster participants and their selections, check out our READ Feed or take a look at our READ Retrospective Exhibit. The exhibits are located on the 2nd floor of the library.
If you don’t have access to Westlaw or Lexis, you can still do due diligence on public companies. The best free place to start is the SEC’s EDGAR database. You can pull up the filings that every public company is required to submit to the SEC each year, see forms and even take a tutorial to explain the basics of the filing process. SU students and faculty also have access to two databases via the Lemieux Library that provide detailed information on public companies: Mint Global and Morningstar Library Edition. If you don’t have access to the Lemieux databases, Morningstar Investment Research Center is available through the Seattle Public Library database collection.
Have you ever wished you could use slightly more sophisticated search syntax in Google? In addition to the options on the advanced search page, you can add special search syntax. If you want to find words close together, try using the AROUND(x) operator, where (x) is the maximum distance between two search terms.
If you’re looking to add to your collection, the Friends of Seattle Public Library book sale is coming up April 15-17. This is a great way to add variety to your shelves while helping support a great city resource.
To start the remainder of spring semester off right, the library would like to remind you about some of our policies:
- swipe your SU ID on the card reader as you enter the library
- checkout material before removing it from the library
- handle materials with care
- follow applicable copyright guidelines and licensing restrictions
- make sure drinks are in covered containers
- do not bring in food that is messy, smelly, or noisy when eaten; individual snack items are allowed; please report spills to library personnel.
- turn off cell phone ringers upon entering the library and take all cell phone conversations outside the library; do not hold cell phone conversations in the stairwells as voices carry
- be courteous and keep noise levels down, including in the study rooms (the fourth floor is designated as a quiet floor)
- do not leave personal belongings unattended in the library and secure laptops to carrels/tables
- do not engage in exclusive possession (homesteading) of carrels; unattended materials will be confiscated when left for extended periods of time
The library is run on the honor system. Every law school student is expected to display professional courtesy to classmates and staff. If you have a concern, please contact library personnel at the circulation or reference desks, but keep in mind that library personnel are not able to monitor the entire library at all times. In the spirit of maintaining a collegial atmosphere, feel free to point out these policies directly to classmates or other patrons who are not adhering to them.
by Jason Giesler, Law Library Intern
After over 14 years of planning, the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons opened to great fanfare on September 30, 2010. After dedication speeches by Father Sundborg and Archbishop Brunett, a New Orleans- style jazz marching band lead the public through the doors of the new library.
Law Students will find something of interest on each floor of the new library. Though the Lemieux Library does not have traditional legal resources, there are many other items that will be of interest to law students. (more…)
Need to know the skinny on a publicly traded company? The Mint Global database available through the Lemieux library database collection will help you find out what a company does, its history, key financial and personnel information along with recent news reports on the company.