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CHAPTER V—LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
PART 501-PROCEDURES AND
SERVICES Sec. 501.1 Application for employment. 501.2 Access to Library buildings. 501.3 Removal of materials from the Li
brary buildings. 501.4 Information about the Library. 501.5 The Library's reading rooms and
public use thereof. 501.6 Service of the general collections. 501.7 Reference and bibliographic assist
ance. 501.8 Special study facilities. 501.9 Loans of library materials. 501.10 Loans of library materials for the
blind. 501.11 Lending of materials from the Li
brary for exhibition. 501.12 Photoduplication service. 501.13 Service of serial materials. 501.14 Service of scientific and technical
materials. 501.15 Service of Hispanic materials. 501.16 Service of manuscript materials. 501.17 Service of maps. 501.18 Service of music materials. 501.19 Recordings. 501.20 Service of Orientalia. 501.21 Service of prints and photographs. 501.22 Service of rare books. 501.23 Service of microfilmed materials. 501.24 Service of materials in Slavic and
Central European languages. 501.25 Service of local history and gene
alogy materials. 501.26 Service of legal materials. 501.27 Card distribution. 501.28 Library of Congress publications. 501.29 Offers of materials for purchase. 501.30 Contracting officers.
AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 501 issued under sec. 1, 29 Stat. 544, 546; 2 U.S.C. 136.
SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 501 appear at 24 F.R. 10447, Dec. 23, 1959 unless otherwise noted. § 501.1 Application for employment.
Applications for employment in the Library of Congress may be made in per
son or by mail. Applicants should visit or communicate with the Personnel Division, Library of Congress. Although the Library of Congress is not an agency coming within the competitive civil service system, the application form used is the standard application form for employment in the Federal Civil Service (Standard Form No. 57). This form may be secured at any U.S. Post Office, at a regional Civil Service Commission office, or by addressing the Personnel Division, Library of Congress, Washington 25, D.C. $ 501.2 Access to Library buildings.
In accordance with the Library's general policy, persons other than staff members may have access to the public areas, reading rooms, and study facilities only 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. 8 501.3 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 parcels and materials taken from the buildings are subject to inspection by the guard at the exit. $ 501.4 Information about the Library.
Information about the activities, programs, services, organization, and history of the Library of Congress is provided by the Information and Publications Office, which has primary responsibility for responding, or for arranging for other divisions of the Library to respond, to inquiries on these subjects from the
public and from representatives of public-information media. Such information is provided through publications and through individual response by telephone, by mail, and in personal conference. For the convenience of the public, the Office administers an Information Desk in the Main Building; its staff answers visitors' inquiries about the Library but does not provide reference service for readers wishing to use the Library's collections. Free publications about the Library and some priced publications and facsimiles of famous documents are available at this desk. $ 501.5 The Library's reading rooms and
public use thereof. Materials in the general classified collections of the Library are serviced in the Library's general reading rooms: The Main Reading Room (Main Building) and the Thomas Jefferson Room (Annex Building). Special collections, as explained further in subsequent sections, are serviced in the following special reading rooms: Government Publication, Law Library, Local History and Genealogy, Manuscript, Map, Microfilm, Music, Newspaper (two rooms—current and non-current newspapers), Orientalia, Periodical (current), Prints and Photographs, Rare Book, Science, and Slavic. Investigators requiring materials from other collections in the Library for use with materials in the custody of a special division (such as Manuscript, Map, Music, etc.) may requisition and use such materials in the reading room of the special division insofar and on such conditions as they are available for use therein. (Special collections are also serviced in the Congressional Reading Room and in the Law Library in the Capitol, but these are not open to the general public.) Access to all reading rooms is governed by regulations established by the Librarian of Congress. Persons under 16 years of age are not admitted to the reading rooms unless they are accompanied by an adult. High school students are not admitted regardless of age, but exceptions will be made, under specified conditions, when material cannot be obtained in other libraries. $ 501.6 Service of the general collec
tions. 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. Applications for access are acted upon by the Chief of the Stack and Reader Division or by other authorized officials. $ 501.7 Reference and bibliographic as
sistance. (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 bibliographic assistance in the general collections and aid in the use of the card 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 divisions.
(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 conditions as available staff and facilities permit. $ 501.8 Special study facilities.
Study rooms, study tables, and reserved shelves are available for assignment to persons engaged in research. Applications for such assignments are acted upon by the Chief of the Stack and Reader Division or by other authorized officials, and assignments on approved applications are made on specified conditions of registration, tenure, and use. $ 501.9 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 or the Director of the Reference Department. Members of Congress and heads of executive departments and agencies, 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 machines for the blind under regulations be given to congressional staffs and to and conditions of use established by the individuals and institutions in and near Librarian. The Division provides a dithe District of Columbia to meet partic rect loan service of books and records to ular needs. Applications for such priv- residents of the District of Columbia. ilege are acted upon by the Chief of Other residents, as defined in paragraph the Loan Division, who is responsible (a) of this section, receive reading mafor the interpretation and enforcement terials from their appropriate regional of the regulations governing loans. Ex libraries. Machines are lent through cept for Members of Congress, heads of state agencies for the blind. Inquiries executive departments and agencies, and by mail concerning this service should others authorized by the Librarian to be addressed to the Division for the have materials assembled and delivered Blind, Library of Congress, Washington to them, persons having the borrowing 25, D.C. privilege must present materials to be (c) Loans to residents temporarily borrowed to the Loan Division for re domiciled abroad. In accordance with cording and for issuance of a door pass. the definition given in paragraph (a) of Borrowers must present the materials this section, and the intent and purpose for inspection to the guards on duty at of the Act to Provide Books for the Blind the exists to the Library buildings and Residents of the United States, its Termust surrender their door passes upon ritories, Insular Possessions, and the Disleaving the buildings. Materials are is- trict of Columbia (2 U.S.C. 135a), the sued on interlibrary loan to other distributing libraries which have been libraries within and outside the District designated by the Librarian of Congress of Columbia under regulations estab- to serve as local or regional centers for lished by the Librarian of Congress. Ap- the circulation of such books (2 U.S.C. plications from established libraries for 135b) shall lend such books to blind such loans, and requests for information residents of the United States its Terabout interlibrary loans and loan service ritories, etc., who may be temporarily generally, should be directed to the Chief domiciled outside the jurisdictions of the Loan Division.
enumerated by the act. $ 501.10 Loans of library materials for
(1) Inquiries for information relative the blind.
to the prescribed procedures and regula
tions governing such loans and requests (a) Definition of blind. In connec- for loans should be addressed to: Chief, tion with the Library's program of sery Division for the Blind, Library of Conice under the act of March 3, 1931, as gress, Washington 25, D.C. amended, entitled “An Act to Provide (2) Talking-book machine lending Books for the Blind,” the blind readers
agencies are authorized to permit blind entitled to service under this act shall readers, residents of the United States, be defined as “Residents of the United temporarily domiciled abroad, to take States, including the several States, Ter the talking-book machines loaned to ritories, Insular Possessions, and the Dis them when they go abroad under the trict of Columbia, whose visual acuity same conditions as book loans. is 20/200 or less in the better eye with
$ 501.11 Lending of materials from the correcting glasses, or whose widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular
Library for exhibition. distance no greater than twenty de Subject to special conditions and progrees.” The degree of such blindness cedures determined by the Library, cershall be certified by a duly licensed phy tain materials in the Library's collections sician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist. are available for loan to recognized The reading materials for the blind pro
institutions, such as libraries and muvided under the authority of the act cited
seums, with established exhibition proabove, including sound reproducers, may be loaned not only to readers who quality
grams and with staffs proficient in hanunder the above definition but also to
dling the particular material requested. hospitals, institutions, and schools for
This service is subject to limitations in the use of such readers.
terms of the character of the materials (b) Loans to residents. The Division and the availability of staff to prepare for the Blind provides books in embossed materials for shipment. Each request characters, talking-book records, and for loan is judged on its particular
merits, i.e., type of institution and pro- $ 501.15 Service of Hispanic materials.
Readers requesting reference and bib-
liographic assistance on Hispanic ma-
terials may consult the staff on duty in
the general reading rooms. Inquiries
are referred when necessary to specialists
in the Hispanic Foundation or the Law
$ 501.16 Service of manuscript mate-
Services to readers in the Manuscript
Reading Room are provided in accord-
ance with prescribed conditions of regis-
tration for investigation and of use of
materials and information therefrom in
the custody of the Manuscript Division.
The use of such materials is restricted to
the Manuscript Reading Room.
The Map Division provides reference
services by telephone, through corres-
pondence, and directly to adult readers
$ 501.18 Service of music materials.
Service to readers in the Music Divi-
sion's reading room is provided in ac-
cordance with prevailing regulations
Division's custody. Numerous catalogs,
on cards and in bound volumes, afford
give assistance and advice. The stacks
of the Division are closed, but special
permission granting access to them may
be obtained from the Music Reference
used only for serious research; permis-
sion to use them must be sought in
advance by application to the Chief of
the Music Division. The Division also
dispenses information through corre-
§ 501.19 Recordings.
$ 501.20 Service of Orientalia.
Division are provided in accordance with
prescribed conditions of use of the ma-
(a) Services to readers in the Rare
(b) Service to readers in the Law Li-
(b) Other units having custody of
and Central European languages.
in the Slavic Room. Inquiries are re-
(a) Legal materials are served in the
(b) The collections of the Law Library
Printed catalog cards are supplied un-
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