January 18, 2022

Library of Congress Publishes FY 2012 Annual Report and LC Fast Facts

The document is formally titled, Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress FY 2012.

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FY 2012 LC Fast Facts

  • Responded to more than 700,000 congressional reference requests and delivered to Congress more than 1 million research products and approximately 30,000 volumes from the Library’s collections
  • Registered more than 511,539 claims to copyright
  • Provided reference services to 540,489 individuals in person, by telephone and through written and electronic correspondence
  • Circulated more than 25 million copies of Braille and recorded books and magazines to more than 800,000 blind and physically handicapped reader accounts
  • Circulated nearly 1 million items for use within the Library
  • Preserved nearly 6 million items from the Library’s collections
  • Recorded a total of 155,357,302 items in the collections:
    • 23,276,091 cataloged books in the Library of Congress classification system
    • 12,638,773 books in large type and raised characters, incunabula (books printed before 1501), mono- graphs and serials, music, bound newspapers, pamphlets, technical reports and other print material
    • 119,442,438 items in the nonclassified (special) collections, including:
    • 3,420,599 audio materials (discs, tapes, talking books and other re- corded formats)
    • 68,118,899 manuscripts
    • 5,478,123 maps
    • 16,746,497 microforms
    • 6,589,199 pieces of sheet music
    • 15,704,268 visual materials, as
      • 1,354,126 moving images
      • 13,640,325 photographs
      • 104,270 posters
      • 605,547 prints and drawings
  • Welcomed nearly 1.7 million onsite visitors and recorded more than 87 million visits and 545 million page views on the Library’s website (at year’s end, the Library’s online primary- source files totaled 37.6 million)
  • Employed 3,312 permanent staff members
  • Operated with a total fiscal 2012 ap propriation of $629.2 million, including the authority to spend $41.9 million in receipts

See Also

Reports From FY 2000- FY 2012)

Annual Reports Prior to 2000 (via HathiTrust)

100 Years Ago: Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress For FY 1912

Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress FY2012

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