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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Description: 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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A beautiful, historical library and more!

*Take the Capitol South Metro for an easy walk to the Thomas Jefferson Building or Library of Congress. Once again, a free experience in our Nation's capitol. We are so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

*Take the Capitol South Metro for an easy walk to the Thomas Jefferson Building or Library of Congress. Once again, a free experience in our Nation's capitol. We are so fortunate. Give yourself time to get through the line to go through the security screening. Once you are inside, sign up for a free walking tour of this building. So... More 

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Phoenix, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Massive. Architecture is incredible. Art is amazing. I'm not a history buff but learned so much. Thomas Jefferson read....A LOT.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Like many other tourists we went to Washington DC on a Sunday and because most other attraction in the vicinity are open to public on Sundays we assumed the Library would be too. But it wasn't and we were really disappointed. So just a quick tip for others: Plan to go to this place Monday-Saturday only .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building and tiny tile mosaics create a gorgeous ceiling. But then there are the books...what I would give to be able to wander through those stacks and just look. Reception area staff a bit snarky and unhelpful, but once you're past them, it's an amazing experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to have a tour here thanks to congressman Eddie Vela's office. They explained many neat facts about the building and took us all around. My kids loved seeing the Books Jefferson gave the museum many years ago. It was a hit.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I like libraries, but nothing comes close! Beautiful building, impressive reading room. With Washington being an impressive town, the library tops it!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is the most beautiful building in DC. The Italian artists that painted the ceiling, carved and laid the colorful tile and marble, built the columns and stairs, faux finished the wood - and touched every corner of this building were truly fine craftsmen. I love just going through and touching the surfaces - it is like being in Venice.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Amazing architecture and collection. Famous American documents on display periodically. Definitely time this with an event or make an appointment with a our guide or national librarian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The inside of the Library of Congress' Jefferson Building, across from the Capitol has to be my favorite building interior in the capitol. I always take my guests there and everyone is amazed by its beauty. There is nothing else like it in D.C. Entrance to the Thomas Jefferson Building is free and open to the public. I have taken... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Library of Congress is likely to be the most surprising attraction you'll see in DC!! It is full of art, architectural detail and historical items. They typically have well-curated exhibits and the tour is comprehensive. Even if you don't take the tour, go for the art -- murals, mosaics, sculptures. It's one of my favorite places in DC!

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