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

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 and the National Archives

Keep up to date with federal documents being published by searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications at

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.