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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540-0002
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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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This place is beautiful. There is a lot to see and learn. It is hard to put in words the sights here. It is a definite in the must sees.

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Fort Lauderdale, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is beautiful. There is a lot to see and learn. It is hard to put in words the sights here. It is a definite in the must sees.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We highly enjoyed the public tour here. It starts with a short film underscoring the library's importance. Much of the tour focuses on the building itself, but many of the collections are also discussed. It is an incredibly beautiful place. I highly recommend this tour for both architecture buffs as well as, of course, readers. The gift shop has very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was scheduled for a tour. I showed up on time / ahead of time as requested. Watched a video about how/what the library does. Got me excited. Then the tour started-late because people show up late. Then I spent the next 30 min bored with our tour guide because she went on and on about the the construction, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The building is beautiful and full of history. Take one of the free tours with the volunteers to learn more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love libraries, and this is the most beautiful library I have ever seen. I even signed up and received my Library of Congress reader card. It's free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First off, the building interior is stunning. The current exhibits (Jeffersons's library in particular) was fantastic to see. The reading room is amazing and beautiful. We took a 30 min tour to learn more about it...worhtwhile for interesting facts. The staff were some of the nicest we encountered anywhere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great architecture, history, and exhibits. I highly recommend taking the tour to ensure you get the full experience of the small details of the building. Also, there is a tunnel to the capital building which makes getting over there, which helps you skip long lines! It was a great experience and I would highly recommend to anyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Docent provided tour lasts 1 hour and is invaluable in understanding the history and architecture of the building. One can't really understand the thought that went into the building design without doing the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We just completed our capitol tour and our guide recommended we take the tunnel passage over to the library of congress. The architecture was beautiful. I'm really glad we went. There was a beautiful Christmas tree in the central hall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to the ASCAP Awards (in May) at the Library of Congress. Lovely reception afterwards with the awardees. The next day we toured the Music Library.

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