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“Beautiful building, no books” 4 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.
Salem, Oregon
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“Beautiful building, no books”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

You have to see this building for it's beauty. It is spectacular. We had a tour arranged through our congressman. The introductory video was very informative and got me excited about the building. Unfortunately, the rest of the tour was by an incredibly slow speaking, repetitive, dull docent. He was hard to hear, told us three times what he was going to tell us, but never really got there. And to top it off, he did not know the difference between a sheaf of wheat in a cherubs hands and a bushel of wheat. He managed to suck out all the excitement instilled by the video. We wandered off during the showing of the Bibles.
Our self tour went very well. We particularly enjoyed the exhibits in the upstairs halls. However, our kids were disappointed that we did not get to see any books. What's a library with no books! They are not 16, so we couldn't even pretend to do research in the main reading room. But they did immediately bookmark the library's web site and start looking things up. I was happy with that.

Visited June 2013
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“Just a little hint...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Go to room 140 in the Madison building in the Library of Congress and tell them that you are doing research and would like to get a library card. They do take your picture for the card, so be sure and look your best. It's a great free souvenir to take home with you.

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“Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Shocking to see the amount of money used for the library. A lot of walking and you should put aside at least 1/2 a day to visit the library.

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Urbana, Illinois
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“Phenomenal National Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

If you have never been, you gotta go! This resource is one of the world's foremost collections of books, music, personal archives and letters. There are exhibits and the like, but spend some time before you go looking for books or other resources in your areas of interest. Get a LOC reader card. You will be blown away by the holdings and depth of the collection. As a musician, I held personal correspondence written by Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Leopold Stokowsky and George Szell in my hand. The historical import is mind boggling!!!!

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“All should visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The guided tour of the court takes about a half hour and is led by an intern.The young lady that gave us the tour was well versed and answered all the questions the crowd asked of her.I was impressed with all the facts about how the court runs and the number of cases that are submitted eachyear.To find out more visit.I would recommend this tour for everyone .

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