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“Breathtaking” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Library of Congress

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540 (National Mall)
(202) 707-5000
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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.
New Jersey
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

After a Capitol tour, we took the tunnel pathway over to the L of C building. I didn't know what to expect, and was awe-struck by the beauty of the lobby. It's simply gorgeous! You need to have special permission to access the reading room and stacks here, but can peek down into that space. Definitely worth a look, and bring your camera.

Visited December 2012
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“A treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Actually I go often enough, but not recently. Every American owes him- or herself a visit. The building itself is beautiful, and there are great exhibits.

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“The most beautiful interior in DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

If it's cold outside, the line up to go through security can be a miserable wait. But it's so very cool inside. I didn't go on a tour but was really impressed anyway. Make sure you see the main reading room and the Guttenburg Bible. We were there at Christmastime and the decorations and Christmas tree added to the beauty of the place. The celings are amazing!

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“Quite a long walk for a short visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Viewing the library from the viewing gallery takes a few minutes only. The library is beautiful so it is definitely worth visiting. Do combine the visit with a tour of Capitol Hill, because it is quite a long way to the library.

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“Library of Congress”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington, DC. It's near the US Capitol and you can get to the LOC by tunnel. Tours are available and you can see the grand study room, wonderful architecture, art, and even attend free concerts 1-2 evenings per week. It's really amazing! (and usually not crowded and it's quiet)

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