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§ 171. —  Congressional declaration of findings and purpose as to Center for the Book.

[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 2USC171]

                          TITLE 2--THE CONGRESS
                     CHAPTER 5--LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Sec. 171. Congressional declaration of findings and purpose as 
        to Center for the Book
    The Congress hereby finds and declares--
        (1) that the Congress of the United States on April 24, 1800, 
    established for itself a library of the Congress;
        (2) that in 1815, the Congress purchased the personal library of 
    the third President of the United States which contained materials 
    on every science known to man and described such a collection as a 
    ``substratum of a great national library'';
        (3) that the Congress of the United States in recognition of the 
    importance of printing and its impact on America purchased the 
    Gutenberg Bible in 1930 for the Nation for placement in the Library 
    of Congress;
        (4) that the Congress of the United States has through statute 
    and appropriations made this library accessible to any member of the 
        (5) that this collection of books and other library materials 
    has now become one of the greatest libraries in civilization;
        (6) that the book and the printed word have had the most 
    profound influence on American civilization and learning and have 
    been the very foundation on which our democratic principles have 
    survived through our two hundred-year history;
        (7) that in the year 1977, the Congress of the United States 
    assembled hereby declares its reaffirmation of the importance of the 
    printed word and the book and recognizes the importance of a Center 
    for the Book to the continued study and development of written 
    record as central to our understanding of ourselves and our world.

It is therefore the purpose of sections 171 to 175 of this title to 
establish a Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to provide a 
program for the investigation of the transmission of human knowledge and 
to heighten public interest in the role of books and printing in the 
diffusion of this knowledge.

(Pub. L. 95-129, Sec. 1, Oct. 13, 1977, 91 Stat. 1151.)

                  Section Referred to in Other Sections

    This section is referred to in section 172 of this title.

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