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“Enjoyable visit” 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.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Enjoyable visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The library has a magnificent interior and very informative exhibitions.
Well worth the hassle of the overt security compared to the museums.
My touristy trousers had loads of pockets which all had to emptied like at airports and when I forgot my ancient cellphone deep in a pocket, the very rude and arrogant, wand waving, security official made me feel like a criminal. If you want to take the tunnel to the Capitol, no water bottle is allowed!

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Our group of four just happened upon a tour that had just started and thoroughly enjoyed our visit because of the information we received from our guide. Would not have enjoyed it nearly as much without it! Definitely worth waiting for if you have a chance! Architecture is beautiful! Didn't get to see many books, but enjoyed hearing how books are retrieved from the stacks. We went on the Capitol tour first and used the tunnel to get to the library without having to go outside. Lunch at the Capitol food court was good but a little pricey, as was most food in DC.

Visited July 2013
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Ashland, Ohio
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“Worth the visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Our Rep's office scheduled us for a tour of the Library of Congress (Jefferson Building) and we were so glad we did it. They explained the architecture and all the talented artisans responsible for the beautiful mosaics and paintings in this amazing structure. Leave yourself plenty of time to explore after your tour because there is so much to see.

Visited August 2012
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We did not get to see the actually Library view because the tours so you may want to book a tour. Exhibit on the Civil War was impressive. Kids 9 and 11 were not impressed

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“Don't miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We didn't have time for a tour but we walked around the building and saw the Civil War and Jefferson's Library exhibits. AMAZING architecture!

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