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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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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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So Gorgeous!!

The architecture is simply amazing!! It's definitely a must see when visiting DC. My husband and I went together and we both enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The architecture is simply amazing!! It's definitely a must see when visiting DC. My husband and I went together and we both enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a Wednesday morning, the Library was relatively empty. The collections are quite spectacular and the architecture is hard to beat. Definitely worth a short stay if you're in Washington.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being a Canadian every visit I make to Washington continues to impress me. One is in awe when entering the Library of Congress, it is such a beautiful building and to think of all the great people that have walked the halls. It is a MUST items

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I am such a nerd but I really loved Library of Congress so much! Just the overall feeling and aura. Haven't seen other world famous libraries but this one was truly nice. May seem "meh, it's a library' but why not to go and see it if you are in the area? I'll take my friends there when they'll visit... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places to visit. On our last trip we discovered the Children's Literature Center and my kids had a nice time checking out the books and resting from all of our walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Come for the books, stay for the architecture. There is amazing things around every corner in the Library of Congress. The Gutenberg Bible is on display and different exhibits change throughout the year in the 2nd floor. I love coming here to see the gorgeous architecture and art on the walls. So much history lies in this building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building preceding the Library per se is amazing, both the architecture and the exhibitions! The view to the Library you see from a top floor, through glass, but its worth anyway!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Get your Library of Congress card so that you can do research in the Reading Room. Explore the room and its symbols, including the beautiful mural gracing the ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We want to see the Magna Carta and found much more. The civil rights display was awesome. But the beauty of the library is truly a sight to see. The great reading room is so beautiful. But there are so many people on the tours that you need to bring a selfie stick to get any good pictures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Other than all the books they have, the grand reading room is a gem by its own, a hidden secret in Washington; it's open, it's free, it's an architectural wonder! go and see it!

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