This section features pathways to major national library collections online with extensive resources and links.
Library of Congress
Founded in 1800 with the purpose of making print and media resources readily available to both Congress and the American public, The Library of Congress is now the largest library in the world. The Library of Congress cites as its mission to "sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations." Visit this web site and learn fascinating facts about the Library's history, read the answers to frequently asked questions, view the Library's collections, and search for resource materials.
The American Library Association
The American Library Association is committed to providing library services nationally, with a focus on diversity, education and continuous learning, equity of access, and literacy. Visit this site to learn about the needs and goals of libraries and research centers, browse the magazine American Libraries Online for current news and information about libraries, visit the ALA on-line store, and find links to various ALA affiliates.
The Internet Public Library
The first public library of the Internet, the IPL was founded in 1995 at the University of Michigan with the mission to "serve the public in finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating quality information resources." This site truly offers a virtual library, with access to a large collection of on-line books, periodicals, and newspapers.