世界上最大的圖書館 the Library of Congress

The World's Largest Lib

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The World's Largest Library

  You might think the largest library in the world would be in EuropeBut it isn'tIt's in Washington, DCIt's called the Library of Congress(國會圖書館).

  如果你認為世界上最大的圖書館在歐洲,那你就錯了。實際上,世界上最大的圖書館在美國哥倫比亞特區華盛頓,稱為國會國書館。

  President John Adams started the library in 1800 for members of CongressHe wanted them to be able to read books about lawThe first 740 books were bought in EnglandThey were simply set up in the room where Congress metThen Thomas Jefferson sold Congress many of his own booksHe felt Congress should have books on all subjects, not just on lawThis idea changed the library for good

  這座圖書館是約翰·亞當斯總統在1800年為國會議員們建立的。他想讓議員們閱讀到有關法律方面的書籍。首批740本藏書是從英國購進的,這些書被隨便放在國會開會的地方。後來湯姆·傑弗遜把自己許多藏書賣給了國會,他認為國會應有各類書籍,不應該僅收藏一點法學書籍,這種觀點給國會藏書帶來永久性的變化。

  The library grew and grewNow it covers acres of landIt contains 20 million books as well as scores of picture, movies, globes and machinesExperts(專家) in every field work thereHundreds of people call every day with all kinds of questionsMany of them get answers right over the phone

  國會圖書館越變越大,現在它已占地數英畝。收藏了2千多萬冊書。除此之外,還收藏了好多圖片、影片、地球儀和機器。每一個學科的專家在這兒都有一席之地。每天有好幾百人打電話查詢各種各樣的問題。他們中有許多從電話中得到了滿意的答案。

 

  The library is a huge storehouseThomas Edison's first movie and Houdini's magic books reside(居住) thereAnd it is the proud owner of the world's best collection of comic(喜劇的) books

  這座圖書館是一個巨大的收藏室。湯瑪斯愛迪生發明的第一部電影和霍迪尼的魔術書都收藏在這裡。值得驕傲的是:它還是世界上最大的喜劇書籍擁有者。

 

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