May 25, 2022

LC for Robots: Library of Congress Launching a Series of Jupyter Notebooks

From “World’s Revealed” (A Library of Congress Blog) Post by Rachel Trent, Digital Collections and Automation Coordinator in the Geography and Map Division:

The Library is beginning a series of Jupyter Notebooks exploring how to computationally access, retrieve, and analyze cartographic materials in the Library of Congress’s online collections. These notebooks include instructions and demonstration Python code that lead you through the process of downloading and analyzing images and metadata in bulk from the Library’s website, specifically geared towards maps. These notebooks are designed to be downloaded to your computer and opened with Jupyter Notebook.

The first two of the notebooks are now available on the Library’s GitHub page:

  1. Querying and downloading cartographic material from
  2. Analyzing and visualizing cartographic metadata from


If this is your first time using Jupyter Notebooks, there are many online tutorials to help you install the software and get started, including instructions for installing Jupyter via Anaconda. To download the two Jupyter notebooks, head to the Library’s GitHub page and download the entire repository of files as a ZIP file. Or, if you’re comfortable with git, you can clone the repository.

More Machine-Readable Resources and Tools via LC For Robots Web Page

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.