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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: +1 202-707-5000
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Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it...

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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Beautiful building, Good exhibits

Be sure to take one of the free tours and get a great overview of history and temporary exhibits. The building is beautiful and the current cartography exhibit is very good as... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Be sure to take one of the free tours and get a great overview of history and temporary exhibits. The building is beautiful and the current cartography exhibit is very good as well. As an aside, if you want to get a readers card to get into the main reading room, visit the Madison Building. The entire process probably took... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was fun to see the reading room, but you can't actually go in. Beautiful building but no need to spend a lot of time here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the Library on our trip to DC. The building is beautiful, the collection of books is inspiring. Worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A beautiful building with an excellent hour-long, free tour. Very educational. The architecture of the building and the interior finishes are most interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There's a free tour by guides, I would recommend to book it in advance and visit the building early in the morning. We were there at 9:30 and it wasn’t so busy at that time. The guide had an issues with the speaker so we hard only half of what he was saying.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't intend to go to the Library of Congress but saw the opportunity after our tour of the Capitol and decided to take the tunnel from the Capitol to the Library. I'm so glad we did. The tour was really good and we learned a lot in a short amount of time. The tour was focused mostly on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While visiting the area for our Family Reunion, we stopped at the Library of congress. Lots of history is included here and I was so amazed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stunning historic building - amazing! I loved every minute of it and Jefferson's library was wonderful. A definite must.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in DC, and maybe the entire east coast. I was quite amazed how much work has been put into the interior, so much detail. We all know the pictures but the real thing is impressive. There's a free tour by guides, very informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went first thing on a Saturday morning (they open at 8:30, which is earlier than all the museums). It was very quiet at that time in the morning, so we had plenty of room to explore. You do a self-guided tour, which I appreciated, because we had time to take plenty of pictures. The art and architecture was phenomenal.... More 

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