“Outside the Limits of Washington”

There's a new Librarian of Congress in town. Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress this morning in Washington, D.C. Below you can be inspired by this woman who has a great sense of the role of the Library in history as well as a vision for its future.

In her inspirational speech, Dr. Hayden spoke of the history of the Library of Congress as an institution of gathered knowledge and its future as a wide disseminator of that knowledge. She quoted the eighth Librarian of Congress, Herbert Putnam, who "described the Library as a service outside the limits of Washington." Those words correspond with Dr. Hayden's belief that the Library is a "service to the country at large."

The video below begins as Dr. Hayden takes the podium to speak about her new role.

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If you have more time, here's the full ceremony that includes a short speech by Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, an introduction by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Dr. Hayden's swearing in by Chief Justice John Roberts.