When Washington burned in 1814, many of the books in the library were destroyed. Jefferson gave Congress his collection of books that numbered about 6000 volumes for whatever price they deemed appropriate. In 1851 the library again caught on fire and some of Jefferson's library was destroyed. The library is currently displaying Jefferson's library and they are in the process of restoring his collection. It is amazing to see and you are not allowed to take pictures! In 1815, Thomas Jefferson said to John Adams, "I cannot live without books." And neither can I. I wonder what Jefferson would think about electronic books.
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
"The true university these days is a collection of books."
"Give instruction unto those who cannot procure it for themselves."
"The inquiry, knowledge and belief of truth is the sovereign good of human nature."
"Wisdom is the principal thing therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding."
The Library also houses two very famous Bibles that are on display for visitors to see. One is the Gutenberg Bible, one of the first to come off the printing press and the other Bible, The Mainz Bible, is hand written and predates the Gutenberg by about 100 years. Both are beautiful books.