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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Entering the Library of Congress one can only look around in awe of the architecture are art. What a beautiful building this is. Besides the actual library that you can look down into from an upstairs balcony, there are plenty of other history displays to...More

Thank Susan V
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Reserve the first docent lead tour @ 9:45 am. You are able to enter the facility 15 minutes before it opens allowing some time to see the founding papers prior to the crowds. Not to missed is the Vietnam presentation. It is very informative and...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I planned to visit the Library of Congress (which they all abbreviate as LOC, just so you recognize it when you see it) to view the 100-year anniversary World War I exhibit (through January 2019). Simultaneously, I had need of a book published in 1928...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's the LARGEST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD. Seriously, the Library of Congress has a collection of more than 164 MILLION items, including 38.6 MILLION BOOKS and print materials in more than 470 languages. It also has the largest rare book collection in North America. That...More

1  Thank Alexis B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A lot of things to do in Washington require advance planning and waiting in long lines. This is not one of them. It is relatively easy to get into the Library of Congress building and take a tour. The attraction of the LoC is the...More

1  Thank 967ModernArt
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Even though libraries are great, I don't readily associate libraries with real-life adventures. But that's exactly what you can get here. First of all, you can visit the Jefferson Building, look at the big reading room, the Gutenberg Bible, and so on, which is interesting,...More

Thank Beatrix T
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A tunnel links the Capitol building to the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson building and it's well worth making the short detour to visit the library. The main reading room and great hall are both viewable by the public. The mosaic of Minerva can also...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My absolute favorite building in DC! It doesn’t take long to see the part open to the public and you must go to the overlook of the reading room in the Thomas Jefferson building, it’s breathtaking.

Thank Keturah K
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Make a quick stop here after your Capitol tour. Appropriate that it's in the Jefferson Bldg, because he kicked off the library with a donation of his personal collection of books. The Italian Renaissance walls, ceilings, columns, sculptures are all simply breathtaking. Free one hour...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Pleased to be able to easily visit this monument with no queuing The exhibitions were interesting and nice to see the actual books from Jefferson Some amazing wall decor

Thank Collin M
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traumaqueen09
13 January 2018|
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Response from BChupka | Reviewed this property |
I would plan 2-3 hours so as not to rush. The tour guides seem very good. My cousin works there so she took us around herself. Much more than a library!!
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Ruplogin
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.
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ASL_Secretary14
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
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