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Library of Congress

Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540 (National Mall)
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Ranked #4 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Government Buildings, Libraries, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published...
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Type: Government Buildings, Libraries, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

After your visit to the Capitol walk to the library via the Underground tunnel - you bypass security checks as you've already been cleared for the Capitol. It also keeps you warm if it's January! This was a surprising addition to our visit to Washington, it was mentioned at the end of the Capitol building tour, so we went across... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Between the smell of books, the history you get to actually walk through, and the beauty of the buildings themselves, this place is paradise for a bibliophile. The offer tours, but I'm rather a fan of just wandering a day away, imagining life through the books of the past, and feeling like I'm literally walking through history. Probably not a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This was an unexpected gem! You must visit this building while in DC. It is extraordinary. Absolutely lovely, magical almost - there is a quiet dignity about this building you don't find often. Access is easy - there is an underground walkway from the Capital Buidling - well worth seeing, in fact it's a 'don't miss!'

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We recently visited DC and spent a day seeing attractions at Capital Hill and the west end of The Mall. The Library of Congress (free to visit) was by far the best of the area attractions and one of most enjoyable places we ended up visiting during this trip to the city. The Library of Congress is open from 8.30-5pm,... More 

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Vacaville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was the most impressive building of all I had the privilege to see. The architecture and beauty is beyond compare. You had books to the mix and it's just awe inspiring.

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We have visited many times, and each experience has been a treasure. The displays - ancient Mesoamerica, George Gershwin, Bob Hope, and many others - are world-class, and the building itself is glorious. By all means, go!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful building with lots to see. You are able to view the beautiful main reading room from an exhibit window, but there are also very interesting exhibits. Definitely a must-see in DC!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Besides being an unbelievable repository of books and information, the architecture is amazing. Wander around, look up at the gorgeous ceilings, and enjoy a truly beautiful building.

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Courbevoie, France
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is really one of the place to visit during a short stay in Washington. This Building, close to the capitol, is an impressive building not to miss! easy underground connection between the Capitol and the Library of Congress.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Interior must be seen to be believed. Interior murals, etc., restored since my last visit of long ago. Refreshing non-Roman temple for Washington. Colourful in the fullest sense of the word. Excellent tour guide. Main reading room spectacular. Be aware there are many stairs to climb. Short walk to Capitol South Metro station.

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