The Rare Book Room of the Navy Department Library will be closed until the end of March 2014, while construction is ongoing.
"The great reservoir of information must be so organized and administered that almost any cross section of data, great or small, that may be called for in the future may be found readily within a reasonable time. Otherwise the information is virtually locked up, with the key lost so far as utility is concerned." - Commodore Dudley Knox
Founded in 1800 by direction of President John Adams, the Navy Department Library is one of the oldest federal government libraries. Its 150,000 volumes are the nation's most highly concentrated and accessible collections of literature on the United States Navy.