“I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.”         –Thomas Jefferson, 1815 This was Thomas Jefferson’s declaration to John Adams in June of 1815 as the last cart, ten in all, left Monticello for Washington D.C. bearing his gift to Congress and our country.  Following the British burning of the United States Capitol in the War of 1812, Jefferson ceded his personal library to Congress to replace their reference library that had been destroyed in the fire.  His collection, numbering of 6,500 volumes in total, was rooted in the classics and was organized in a system created by Francis Bacon into categories of “Memory, Reason and Imagination” which Jefferson would translate…