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Find the Library at Your Place: CIA Resources for National Library Week

Last week, America celebrated a particularly unique National Library Week. Designated by Presidential Proclamation in 1958, National Library Week was established to recognize the essential role that libraries play in our nation’s “educational and cultural advancement, economic and technological development, and intelligent participation of the citizen in the affairs of our country.”

Having closed in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, libraries across the country instead encouraged people to celebrate virtually. Some pointed followers to generously-expanded digital collections while others invited followers to join the conversation with their librarians on social media. This year’s theme of “Find Your Place at the Library” – which was selected several months before the U.S. outbreak of COVID-19 – was changed to “Find the Library at Your Place,” to reflect an unprecedented posture for libraries across the country.

As pillars of learning and intelligence, libraries have always played an important role at CIA. So important, in fact, that we have our very own fully-staffed-and-stocked library at the Headquarters compound in Langley, Virginia. And while our collection may be a bit different from that of your local library, its importance to the CIA community is just as meaningful.

In an effort to help you “Find the Library at Your Place,” we’ve pulled together a list of unclassified and declassified CIA resources that you can use to learn a bit more about the Agency’s history and the broader world of intelligence. 

You might be thinking; “what unclassified information can the CIA possibly share?” While there’s a lot we can’t say about what we do, people forget that there’s so much information that we can (and do) release.

In fact, we want people to learn more about CIA, about its people, about its mission, and about its history. We want people to read the tales of derring-do by officers in the Office of Strategic Services, CIA’s predecessor. We want you to learn more about the U2 and A12 Spy Planes and CORONA satellite program that revolutionized aerial reconnaissance. We want you to relive the CIA response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, and hear from the JAWBREAKER team that led the United States’ response to those horrific attacks.

You can find those stories and much, much more at the below links.

We hope you’ll find some of these resources interesting and that they help you “Find the Library at Your Place.” To all of our nation’s librarians: thank you for all you’ve done to make this a fun and interesting National Library Week.


Posted: Apr 29, 2020 09:19 AM
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2020 09:19 AM