James Madison Memorial Building Overview

Opened in 1980, the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress is an unusual combination of a national shrine contained in a working building. Construction of this facility sought to satisfy two seemingly unrelated goals: honoring the nation's fourth president; and providing a new, much needed annex for the Library of Congress. The memorial hall occupies a fraction of the building's interior, which is otherwise devoted to housing a large share of the library's invaluable collections and the staff who care for them.