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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 #4 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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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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Washington DC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I live in DC and it has taken me far too long to visit this incredible library! Please add it to your list of sites in DC to visit and if I may suggest, take the 30 minute guided tour which I believe is available on the 1/2 hour. Time your visit with a visit of the Capital. There is... More

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The inside of the Library is spectacular. Marble everywhere, the decor is Italian renaissance-esque, you feel like you've stepped into a palace in Italy or France. The ceiling is impressive, with paintings and carvings. It is possible to take a free public tour, every hour (at half hour intervals), and I'd recommend this as it's much more interesting to walk... More

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Renton, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

So I have to admit that we were on our last day in WA DC and we had been going strong from morning to night every day and this was the only tour we had remaining and we had our doubts of whether or not to go since everyone was tired. But my 11-year old son piped up, "let's just... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Our country's finest skill and materials displayed here. The tour was great and FREE. The mosaic work on the ceilings and to think--this is only a small part of the Library.

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Altus, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

A National Treasure for sure. Staff was very attentive to answering the questions of our group. Beautiful architecture. The mosaic art in the Member's Reading Room is fascinating in both its beauty and meaning. Highly recommended.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This is a must. The ceilings in this place is amazing. My only regret was not taking an actual tour. I would visit again to learn more about it. It was really neat to look at the books that Jefferson once owned!!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

What a treat was the wonderful palatial feel of the Main building of the Library of Congress....if you happen there near breakfast or lunch time, the 5th floor cafeteria across the street in the Madison building had terrific and reasonably priced selections to suit any diet, and FAST...

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massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Be prepared with your reader card, update your card within 2 years, scanners (like museums), the best sources! Order what you want (in print) in advance - microfilm is still an option for historical references.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This was certainly a site to see! We waited in line for an hour, so I recommend going online and paying 1.50 for a reservation to not have to wait in line. Thankfully the weather was nice while we waited.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Library is beautiful outside and inside. We had an opportunity to visit an exhibition A THOUSANDS YEARS OF PERSIAN BOOK. It was absolutely fabulous. I would like to have a possibility to work here as a librarian.

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