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Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540 (National Mall)
(202) 707-5000
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Ranked #7 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Libraries, Government Buildings, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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San Rafael, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous building inside and out. Quick tour of the Capitol is great beforehand as it connects to the Library via an underground tunnel.

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Elora, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

In the movie National Treasure, there is a massive reading room! Unfortunately you can not enter it unless on official research business, but there is a viewing room that you can take pictures from... just no flashes! The walls and ceilings and everything are amazingly beautiful! There are free tours also available. Everything in DC is pretty much free, so... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The Library of Congress is accessible from the Capitol via an underground walkway. This was a surprise to us, but it saved us some time and kept us out of the hot sun during our summer visit. The building is so vast, we didn't have time to view everything we would have liked, but we did especially enjoy the temporary... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Although we have visited Washington DC many times, this is the first time we visited the Library of Congress. The building is beautiful, and the staff were very helpful. One of the best gift shops in the area!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a must see! The library of congress is my favorite landmark in DC. Each time I have visitors, I make sure to they go and enjoy the gorgeous architecture and soak in the history of the building.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful building and we were there for a special exhibit. The staff is very helpful for questions. If you can, take a book (no kidding) and enjoy the stained glass windows. Peaceful. And then go next door to the Supreme Court cafeteria for a beverage or snack.

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West Valley City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide , Jan McKelvey, made the amazingly beautiful architecture of the Library of Congress come to life! The building itself is majestic and is entirely appropriate for a library. My group stayed there for hours! We also went next door to the Madison Building where we were able to get a card for use in the Library of... More

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Silver spring md
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

the environment is perfect to study and discuss legal issues or whatever conversation with colleagues or friends, but the employees are not so nice, may be they are tired all the time

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Waconia, MN
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate to have a curated tour. Don't think it's worth the time any other way. Time it with a special exhibit of some sort, or its just another building with some interesting historical trivia tied to it.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

a 4 week trip, 2000 miles, sooo much seen but this was my very, very favorite. The building is truly awesome !! Even before you get a glimpse of the reading room the decoration blows you away. Wonderful, the best building in DC.

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