Photographer Carol M. Highsmith is in the midst of a multi-year project to traveling around America, capturing how we live. Her collection at the Library of Congress contains more than 25,000 images, all in the public domain. Through her lens, her subjects take on a sparkling beauty, from the extravagantly gorgeous to the quietly vernacular. Here is a look at her photographs of libraries across the country, from the humble to the magnificent.
(By Carolyn Kellogg)