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Library of Congress

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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 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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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Supposed to be the biggest Walk done the street and one is walking into the pages of history Magnificent and breathtaking architecture keep looking at it without blinking superb

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visiting the Jefferson building is a MUST! Of all the buildings I toured in DC, this was my favorite! Guided tours are given on the half-hour, but I chose to self-tour and hear bits and pieces from other groups touring through. The architecture, design, and...More

Thank Pamela S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

You're going for the architecture and not because that its a library. You cant use it as a library unless you had made prior arrangements for their special collections. Otherwise, you're looking at a beautiful historic building.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you like beautiful architecture or you are a bibliophile, you will like the Library of Congress. The ceiling is adorned with the names of famous authors, scientists, etc... Also, don't miss the Gutenberg Bible on display.

Thank Sonya G
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is probably not on everyone’s list but was one of the highlights on our trip. The building is absolutely gorgeous and there are interesting exhibits. You can also see Jefferson’s original collection of books as well as a copy of the Gutenberg bible. Highly...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the largest libraries in the world - if that is not enough, the building interiors are different from other buildings as it has a lot of European feel. There is a short documentary which plays near the main reception, and we took free...More

Thank Ankit G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My son loved visiting the Library of Congress and seeing the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as well as a copy of the Magna Carta. In these times it would serve us all to have a fresh reminder of what we stand for.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What an amazing place, chuck full of architectural beauty, graciously holding, displaying and protecting the print treasures of this land. I wish I had a year, well at least a week, to spend here

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There are two ways of experiencing the Library of Congress (LOC): as a researcher and / or as a tourist. Both have their merits. Most school groups and anyone in DC for a short time experience the LOC as a tourist. I HIGHLY recommend checking...More

Thank William S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you have not visited the Library of Congress building you should. It is absolutely beautiful. Remember to turn off your flash when taking pictures.

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traumaqueen09
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!!
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Ruplogin
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.
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ASL_Secretary14
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
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