Description:Learn 10 amazing facts about the Library of Congress in in Washington, D.C. The Library started in 1800 with a grant of $5,000 from the Congress. It was originally located in the Capitol, but was burned by the British soldiers in 1814. It's the largest library in the world and has nearly 147 million items on 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections in the Library are in more than 470 languages.