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Whose library formed the basis of the library of congress?

Answer : The national library of the United States, the Library of Congress, was founded in 1800 and first contained a library of volumes that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson offered to sell Congress his personal library of more than 6,000 volumes in order to make up for the books that were destroyed when the British set fire to the first Capitol and the little legislative library in 1814. Jefferson’s library, which served as the foundation for the Library of Congress collection, was purchased by Congress for $23,950. Jefferson’s library featured works in numerous languages and was especially strong in philosophy, science, and literature, reflecting his interests and his global perspective. Currently, the Library of Congress’s collections total more than 170 million objects, including books, manuscripts, maps, photos, and other artefacts.

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