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Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
+1 202-707-5000
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Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day.
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed yesterday

The architecture of this building is amazing. If you are traveling with small children visit the children's section in the basement. They have a scavenger hunt for the kids to fill out as they explore the main library. My son thought this was a lot...More

Thank GibsonMe
Reviewed yesterday

The tour guide was GREAT! There is so much to see. There are once-in-a-lifetime artifacts from top to bottom. The architecture and arts were indescribable.

Thank robwvu
Reviewed yesterday

It has an extensive collection of historical written sources and artifacts from all over the world. It has open themed exhibitions at different corners of the library. The most striking feature of this place is definitely the architecture. Look out for the quotations and inscriptions...More

Thank NaomiAviya
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm willing to admit that I'm a bookworm and probably a dork. I love libraries. This one, however, was far and away the most beautiful one I've ever seen. Seeing some of Jefferson's original collection was the icing on the cake. What an incredible resource...More

Thank SuzW300
Reviewed 2 days ago

While visiting the Capitol Hill, Library of Congress should be planned together as they are merely connected through an underground tunnel, making it easily accessible. Though the reading room is not open to the public, we can still take a glimpse of the vault painting...More

Thank simonfung888
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm always fascinated by the size of the library as well as the artwork within. I do wish that we could get into the main reading room without going through a literal act of Congress (you have to ask your congressperson for one).

Thank travlinrn
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress is truly remarkable! Magnificent details and stunning architecture. Historical exhibits and lovely views of the Capitol and Supreme Court. Don't miss the beautiful private office that the new Librarian of Congress has opened up to the...More

Thank Norma S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a quick 2 hours here and loved every minute the building was stunning, beautiful murels on the ceilings ,stunning artwork and of course amazing collection of books from around the world! They have Jeffersons book collection which is just mind blowing. If you...More

Thank San_dogs2014
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It really is the work that goes on behind the scenes that makes the LC a world leader in information science. However, the Building architecture is breathtaking, from the ceiling to the floor, and the staircases. Unless you get a library pass or are on...More

1  Thank susanaquerida
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were only able to see it for a short time but it was beautiful! Also interesting to see Thomas Jeffersons donated books to the library - especially since we had just visited Monticello and they had mentioned that he had done that.

Thank lynnetteb235
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Is it open on Sundays?
22 June 2017|
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Response from K6987ESlindar | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple buildings that comprise the library. One is open Monday -Saturday and the other Monday - Friday.
How much time should I allot for visiting this place? It looks amazing
22 April 2017|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
I agree, 90 minutes to 2 hours is a good time frame to put aside, that would give you enough time to either tour on your own or take a guided tour, plus have time to look around on your own if you do decide to do the tour... More
Are pictures allowed? And, I heard there were letters on display that corresponded between Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler. Is this true?
26 October 2016|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
There are some places you cannot take pictures. Eg: the center round room where you can do research. I am sure it has a name, but I can't remember it. It was so beautiful inside and I wanted to take a picture. I asked the... More