We invite you to begin to discover Monroe, his career, and his world through his bookshelves with our newly created catalogue.  Staff at the Papers of James Monroe used Monroe’s handwritten lists of his books, titles mentioned in his correspondence, and extant copies of books that bear his bookplate or signature to begin to reconstruct his extensive personal library. In addition to browsing by author, title, topic and sources, users are able to link to digital copies of the publications, or compare Monroe’s library to that of other prominent Americans such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. An exhibition further exploring the contents and significance of Monroe’s library and featuring his personal copies of books is currently on display at the James Monroe Museum.