MACEDONIAN BOOKS IN US CONGRESS LIBRARY
The Macedonian books' collection in the U.S. Congress library is the largest beyond Macedonia's borders.
"Macedonian books and magazines are obtained in two ways - through purchase of titles and library exchange with Macedonia's renowned institutions", senior librarian Predrag Pajic, who has worked in the European reading room and the South-Slavic collection for 20 years, told Voice of America in Macedonian Language.
The library annually purchases 1,000 titles, with the same amount acquired from exchange with the Skopje-based National and University Library.
The Congress library digitizes the fund, thus making it accessible for computer use. The e-books are at least 75 years old, meaning they do not possess copyrights and can be used freely.
The institution is part of the UNESCO project World Digital Library (www.wdl.org/en), which presents collections of seven countries, including the most important libraries in the world.
The U.S. Congress established the library in 1800. Soon, retired President Thomas Jefferson donated his rich collection from the entire globe to the library, thus promoting the concept of universality and laying the cornerstone of the institution as the global temple of knowledge.
The library possesses 130 million copies in 460 languages. It also has the largest collection of law materials, films, maps and audio-visual materials.