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Library of Congress

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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.more
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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Reviewed today

The building itself is a work of art worth a visit. However, add in a look into the library itself, the Jefferson Library exhibit, and the rotating exhibits and this is a must see stop in Washington. It tends to be less crowded than some...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Burgerwas42
Reviewed yesterday

When you open up a card, you get to go in the back. I didn't have enough time, but definitely will when I return.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen Y
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had the privilege of joining Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow in the Members' Room to celebrate her re-election. Also, we were treated to a session with an archivist who showed us drafts of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and also his personal carefully...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gomenn
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Apparently the library is considered essential because it remained open when most other Federal buildings and institutions were on furlough. We went to the Jefferson building. We went to the 2nd floor exhibition hall and went to the overlook for the gorgeous beaux arts reading...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

In the government shutdown we thought we had no chance of seeing this spectacular place. So glad to find it open Truly wonderful. It’s an exquisite building, housing of course the worlds finest collection of books, manuscripts and music

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DinahGO
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a wonderful time on our tour of the Library of Congress. Great guide, interesting exhibits, stunning building.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank miriam h
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Jefferson Building is breathtaking. The mosaic ceiling, the gold and aluminum foils are beautiful. The exhibit on baseball during the Christmas holidays was really interesting; especially watching people recall where they were when certain games were played. And, the incredible reverence we all had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tracy W
Reviewed 4 days ago

The most stunning building in DC, seriously. Catch a concert, take a tour, stand and just gape. Get a reader ID, I love this place.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank fabulousrose
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While we enjoyed the tour, it was a little underwhelming. While it had great architecture and some good displays, much of the building was off limits. When you think of a library, you think of books, only saw one room from a distance.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michael F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Henry, a retired medical doctor, was a well honed orator in dispensing his knowledge of the history and architecture of the library.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Murray H
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January 12, 2018|
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Response from BChupka | Reviewed this property |
I would plan 2-3 hours so as not to rush. The tour guides seem very good. My cousin works there so she took us around herself. Much more than a library!!
June 21, 2017|
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Response from The_Drunken_Foodist | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, no. They are open Mon-Sat 8:30 to 5:00 PM.
April 21, 2017|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
I agree, 90 minutes to 2 hours is a good time frame to put aside, that would give you enough time to either tour on your own or take a guided tour, plus have time to look around on your own if you do decide to do the tour... More