Thursday, August 15, 2019

Visiting the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington D.C.

Even though summer vacation is wrapping up for students, a trip to the National Mall and Memorials in Washington, D.C. could be an upcoming class trip or a future family vacation.

Panorama Top view scene of Washington DC
Panorama Top view scene of Washington DC

A visit to the D.C. area is full of history, honoring veteran’s, lobbying members of Congress, and visiting amazing sights. The National Park Service maintains a website where you can plan your DC area trip at https://www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm.

Federal Depository Libraries also have a number of documents in their collections that can be used to educate oneself ahead of a trip. Search your library catalog for a number of keywords: National Mall, Washington D.C., Memorial Parks, White House, or any number of the Smithsonian Museums. You may find titles like the following:


For librarians, a trip to Washington D.C. is not complete without visiting our “mothership”, the Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/ and the National Archives https://www.archives.gov/.

Keep up to date with federal documents being published by searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications at https://catalog.gpo.gov/.

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.