Housed in three buildings, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is the largest library in the world by shelf space and number of items; it has 745 miles of shelves and about 145 million items.
The Library of Congress holds nearly 145 million items on approximately 745 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 33 million books and other print materials, 3 million recordings, and 12.5 million photographs, 5.4 million maps, 6 million pieces of sheet music and 63 million manuscripts. The Library receives around 22,000 items each working day and adds approximately 10,000 items to the collections daily.
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