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These photos are from The Beyond Words: Celebrating America's Libraries Photo Contest, which helped mark National Library Week 1999 and the Bicentennial of the Library of Congress. Amateur and professional photographers alike were encouraged to capture the spirit of our nation's libraries and the many ways they touch our lives everyday. Libraries nationwide held local photo contests and submitted their first-place winners to ALA for national judging.
These photos belong to the American Library Association. By participating in the contest, photographers granted ALA the rights to use them in any and all promotions of libraries and literacy. They are yours to download and use at no cost for brochures, annual reports and other promotional materials. We do ask, however, that you attribute the photo to the Beyond Words Photo Contest and credit the photographer and the prize won. That information is included on this page for your convenience. We also have included the name of the library that submitted the photo to the national contest.
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