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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 249 attractions in Washington DC
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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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Marvelous and well-worth visiting. However, remember, the Constitution is located in the National Archives.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I don't know how many visitors to DC stop at the LOC but it's well worth a stop. The beauty of the architecture and ceiling transcend words. What is less impressive is the way they kick out visitors of areas for the guided tours. Still strongly recommend

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I popped in the library after walking past the huge crowds at the Washington Monument and Capitol. The crowds were small and the building was beautiful! If you like marble, this place is basically marble heaven. Don't let the name fool you though. There are not many books to be seen.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a magnificent building, ornately decorated. For Europeans likely to visit the Library it may provoke thoughts that they've seen better in Paris or London. However, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it's a grand imitation. To fail to visit the Library when you're already at The Capitol would be an act of folly and you don't... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The tours are wonderful and the docents are very knowledgeable. We went twice during our stay. Once for a tour and once just to look around early in the morning when it was not crowded. A must see.

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Dayton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This building is one of the prettiest in DC. Take time to appreciate the interior. Be sure to notice the floors and the ceiling, too. (sounds obvious, but sometimes easy to miss.)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

The LOC has purportedly one of the largest collections of books in the road, with a copy of every copyrighted book. Thought I could browse my favorite fiction, and gardening books. Guess what? They don't let you see a single book! Have to sign up for research weeks before hand. Also security would not let me get in with my... More

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This building is beautiful. Definitely take a look -the architecture, mosaics are unbelievable. Just amazing to see the stairways and pieces, quotes- research room.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

As first-time D.C. visitors, the Library of Congress was not top of our list of must-dos. But we were very glad we took a tour with volunteer docent - Dayla, I think? She was very knowledgeable about how the building was constructed (hand-carved marble from three countries, tile that was so intricately laid they didn't use grout, the details behind... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was my first time to Washington D.C from Texas, so it's safe to say I don't make it up much. The tour was absolutely fantastic, our tour guide, Karen, was extremely informative and very friendly. I would say that my only complaints with the library is that the largest, most beautiful room is extremely hard to take pictures of.... More

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