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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it...

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.

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My parents took me to see the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress when I was twelve. I remembered very little, but I saw the interior this week, I was astonished at its... read more

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My parents took me to see the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress when I was twelve. I remembered very little, but I saw the interior this week, I was astonished at its beauty - the mosaics, the frescoes, and the architecture. An excellent tour guide presented highlights and answered questions as he lead us though the building. I... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visiting the Library of Congress was our teen's top request. We intended to do a public tour or to attend one of the events in the Young Readers' Center, but sickness kept pushing that out. We got to the last full day there and still hadn't visited, but that was such a disappointment to our teen that we arranged to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love libraries (ok call me a geek), but this is something else. My favorite part was Thomas Jefferson's collection. Very cool to see what he was into. From what I could tell, you could only come here on certain holidays (Columbus Day being one, I believe). Otherwise, you will need a library card from this establishment to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The building is exquisite. The details of the architecture are incredible! Pictures do not do the building justice. The Jefferson library was impressive, seeing original books from his library. We were able to see the main reading room, which was beautiful with rows upon rows of books. Absolutely worth a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On Columbus Day and Presidents Day they open up the library room to visitors. View the Gutenburg bible. Plenty of volunteers and librarians on hand to help answer your questions.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a spot where I suggest taking some time to take it all in: the architecture, the history, the exhibits, everything. I really appreciated the additional information the guides provide.

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Marion, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very cool place to take your kids to visit, building was amazing, ceilings beautiful, and Jefferson room was cool along with the map exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour wasn't available the day we went, but we enjoyed the visit regardless. The architecture and artwork is just breathtaking. I also agree w/ others - the Jefferson library collection was pretty impressive!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You must visit the Library of Congress. Make sure to bring a wide angle lens if you are going to take pictures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a nice building and a nice reading room with fantastic architecture. We went there for an event in the Coolidge auditorium and a reception on the 2nd floor mezzanine. Do not miss if you have an opportunity to visit the Library of Congress.

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