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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“reading room” (670 reviews)
“gutenberg bible” (297 reviews)
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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 today

I only wish we had had more time to spend here. Do not miss this truly breathtaking building! We will allot much more time next time so that we can really see it all.

Thank Mary T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful place to see inside, the walls the floors the main reading room is really beautiful. Is making positive impression.

Thank Damian00
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful Building, well worth a visit. Be sure and visit Jefferson;s office. Connected to the Capitol Visitor's Centre by tunnel.

Thank Farnorth50
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Simply outstanding. The immensity of the library is outstanding. No to miss if you are in DC! Try to get there early morning to avoid the queue.

Thank Sara M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The outside doesn't reflect the beauty inside the Library of Congress. The Main hall is breathtaking. Imported marble floors and staircase leading to wall to wall painted depictions of Minerva, goddess of wisdom and war. An original Gutenburg Bible is on display on the first...More

Thank FLChristianMom
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was on our friend's list & we were amazed with the history, architecture & Jefferson's library residing there. There was so much to see on the ceiling, it was tough to get through the displays. Which, unfortunately were rather slanted.

Thank GailCooks
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn’t take any official tour here, so maybe we missed opportunities. We used the underground walkway from the Capitol building across the street to enter, and just walked around on our own. The building and architecture is stunning. If you go upstairs you can...More

Thank MyTwoCent s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very impressive library both in terms of its resources as well as it architectural beauty. Well worth the time and the reading area is amazing

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wish I’d had time to go inside but the outside was still a great site. Next time I’ll go in for definite.

Thank James S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the time to go in. Beautiful architecture and reading room. Very informative exhibits as well.

Thank Nathan G
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22 June 2017|
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Response from The_Drunken_Foodist | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, no. They are open Mon-Sat 8:30 to 5:00 PM.
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
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