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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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Beautiful building

Quick entry and not crowded in the morning. The view into the Library reading room was beautiful. My son would have liked to visit the library reading room, but the view from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Only one time watch this building , one show & big halls with statues , nothing much to offer only tells you about past of Congress.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

My 17 year old daughter really wanted to go here and it was free so I said what the a heck. I was bored to death but she found it intriguing.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Quick entry and not crowded in the morning. The view into the Library reading room was beautiful. My son would have liked to visit the library reading room, but the view from above was probably nicer.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Really easy access. NOT so sure people have a lot of interest. NOT packed like so many other D.C. attractions. Best part of experience was seeing the Reading Room.

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Fredrikstad, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This was not on my top priority list, however we stepped by anyhow, and I am SO happy that we did! This place is amazing! If you have only 15 minutes to spare, you should have a look at the magnificent library at least. The first hall is also great, but do not forget to go further. Take the stairs... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A can't miss attraction in Washington. The architecture and design is stupendous. I definitely recommend taking the hour tour, our guide (Earl) pointed out so much that we would had otherwise missed.

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited the Library of Congress while in DC. Although I have been past the Library dozens of times in the past, this was my first visit into the building. The official website mentions an audio tour but when we arrived, we were disappointed to discover that this was not true. We walked around the building, most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

When I visited the Library of Congress, I was hoping that I might be allowed in the Reading Room, but they don't allow casual visitors in there. I contented myself with soaking up the history in front of the Gutenberg Bible, marveling at the fancy main hall, and snooping through the free exhibits on display. (One of the tour guides,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The guide tour is strongly recommended as it is very informative. The staffs are very knowledgeable.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Free visit on the mall. It was cool to see Jefferson's original book collection. The other exhibits that were there didn't interest me. The building itself has some great architecture. Also you have a great view of the mall when you look out the second story windows.

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Additional Information about Library of Congress

Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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