Happy National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week! To celebrate American libraries, we’ve put together a collection of library-centric videos from YouTube we love. We included just a selection of videos featuring libraries from across the country: from our neighbor’s at the University of Washington going “Gaga” to the epic quest to return an overdue book at the University of Kansas, we hope you enjoy these clips, and thank you for supporting your local libraries!

Many law libraries hold a diverse collection beyond just statutes and treatises. In these two videos, take a glimpse of the types of rare books owned by the Yale Law Library!

“One of the nation’s premier collections of rare law books is housed in the Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Room. The collection is particularly strong in Anglo-American common law materials, including case reports, digests, statutes, trials, treatises, and popular works on the law. Other strengths include Roman and canon law, international law (especially the works of Hugo Grotius and Samuel Pufendorf), and early law books from most European countries.” (Source)


National Library Week – April 14-20, 2013!

National library week

Please join us in celebrating National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. The theme this year is Communities Matter, and we invite our community to help us celebrate all that libraries do.

Please join us throughout the week for the following:

  • Test-drives of legal apps on digital reading devices including a Kindle and a Nook
  • Complimentary candy and bookmarks
  • Cookies on Thursday at 11:30 and 5:30
  • Library trivia on the Library blog
  • National Library Week READ posters now in our Institutional Repository.



The First Librarian for the Library of Congress

For the first two years of its existence, from 1800 to 1802, the Library of Congress operated without a librarian. Initially, head librarians at the Library of Congress were appointed by the president and they were allowed to serve for life. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson appointed John J. Beckley to be the first librarian for the Library of Congress. Like many early presidential appointees, Mr. Beckley was active in early American Politics. Prior to assuming his position as librarian, John J. Beckley served as the campaign manager for Thomas Jefferson in the highly contentious presidential campaign of 1800. John J Beckley served as the head librarian until the time of his death in 1807. See the Library of Congress website for more reading on John J. Beckley and other Library of Congress librarians.


The World’s Largest Law Library

With over 2.65 million volumes, the Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library. Founded in 1832, the law library of Congress has continuously served as the official law library for both Congress and the Supreme Court.


Stunning College Libraries

Library interiors are often works of art in themselves. Flavorwire has published The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World. Check out the stunning photos.


The First Library in the United States

Though the Library of Congress was the first official post-revolutionary library, it was not the first governmental library in the United States. The history of the first governmental library stretches back to 1731, when Benjamin Franklin and several of his friends in the Junto society founded The Library Company as a non-profit. Yes, in addition to being an inventor, politician, philosopher, and scientist, it seems that Mr. Franklin found time to be a librarian as well!  During the time that the nation’s capital was located in Philadelphia, The Library Company served as the first official library of Congress, and is still open to the public today.


Treasures of the Vatican Library

Founded in 1475, the library at the Vatican is one of the world’s oldest continually operating libraries. The Vatican library houses a large collection, including 1.1 million printed books, 75,000 manuscripts and 8,500 incunabula (as pictured here, a hand-printed manuscript that was common in Europe prior to the invention of the printing press). Though closed to the public for several years of restoration, the Vatican library re-opened in September of 2010.


New and Notable: Rock ‘N’ Roll Mole

Rudy the Redhawk's READ posterRock ‘N’ Roll Mole

By Carolyn Crimi; pictures by Lynn Munsinger
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2011
PZ7.C86928 Roc 2011

From Seattle University’s mascot Rudy the Redhawk:

As a mascot, I definitely understand Mole’s dilemma. It’s never easy stepping out in front of a crowd to perform, even if there is an entire team behind you! When I became the Seattle University mascot in 2000, I was nervous. The university had had a long tradition of excellence in sports before me, and I wasn’t sure I could live up to the hype. But sometimes that first step is the hardest, and I quickly found the support and friendship I needed to represent SU and help cheer our teams to victory.

I chose “Rock ‘N’ Roll Mole” because not only is it a message I can relate to, but I think it’s an important lesson to us all: if we don’t take chances and step out of our shells, we’ll never experience all the fun and excitement that life has the offer! The book also shows how Mole put his friendship with Pig before his own fears, and really stepped up to bat when Pig needed him most. We can accomplish so much if we just remember to express ourselves and that friends are there to support us as we support them. (more…)


Celebrate National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012!

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 participant, Rudy the Redhawk, selected the book on display. For past READ selections, check out the Faculty READ Collection.


St. Catherine’s: The World’s Oldest Continually Operated Library

St. Catherine's While many libraries in the ancient world pre-dated it, the library at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, Egypt has been continually running since about 565 AD. Constructed near the site of the burning bush, St. Catherine’s was difficult to access for many years, as it required a 10 day trip by camel. The library currently houses about 5000 early printed books and 2000 scrolls. Included in the collection are some of the earliest printed works of Plato and Homer, along with pieces of a bible from the 4th century. You can also find St. Catherine’s Monastery on the web.