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The following is a guest post by Donna Sokol, Special Assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress. Donna will be your virtual docent for a series of posts related to themes of law in the art and architecture of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. She has previously written on the mosaic vaults and paintings in the East Corridor and mezzanine level of the Great Hall. In this installment, she explores the Main Reading Room.

The Main Reading Room

We head now into the heart of the Jefferson Building– the Main Reading Room – which is situated directly in the center of the building and is one of the more decorated spaces of the Library. The 160-foot domed ceiling draws your eyes upward, and the view can be dizzying if you try to take in everything at once.

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