Library of Congress

Library of Congress, Washington DC

Library of Congress
4.5
Libraries • Government Buildings
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
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.
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ncdel
North Carolina270 contributions
Oct 2021
I don't recall visiting the LoC on DC visits as a kid but put it on the list when we took our 12 yr olds and so glad we did! We all really enjoyed this more than expected- it's unbelievably gorgeous, but the exhibits were super interesting as well. I think we were all a little awestruck looking at Jefferson's actual book collection.
One thing I wish there was more info on there was the artwork and design of everything, I ended up trying to google some things but some sort of self guided tour related to that would have been great (unless I missed it).
Written January 10, 2022
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fjparol
Centreville, VA451 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
My daughter loves visiting filming locations from the National Treasure movies. We’ve been ticking them off our list and just visited the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building. Wow. Just Wow. I love great architecture and design and this building has the most beautiful interior out of anything I’ve visited in the U.S. I’ve spent time in Russia. The Hermitage Winter Palace still tops my list of most amazing interiors in the world. The LOC definitely makes my top 5 and possibly top 3. Couple the beauty with the learning that occurs while you’re here, and this is a no-brainer visit you must make.
Written December 5, 2021
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9000Gent
Ghent, Belgium266 contributions
Nov 2021
Not only the building is impressive, also the collection is.
A must see in DC. The reading hall is not accessible (only for members)
Written November 27, 2021
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Miss Hana
New York City, NY71 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
I am so glad we decided to take a visit here. Immediately after stepping up to the first floor, I was amazed by the luxury and grandeur of the interior. My eyes could not help but got drawn to the magnificent painting and patterns on the ceiling and floor, as well as the impressive marble columns with intricate sculptures on them. Definitely a must go and top highlight for my trip.
Written November 10, 2021
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Kinda Invisible
Greater Seattle Area276 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a beautiful building and of course seeing important documents is a must when in The District. We were lucky to go when there weren't a ton of tourists so the guards made sure we knew we didn't have to line up single file to view. I'm not sure if that's the case when the crows are larger, but heads up.
Written October 21, 2021
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sloomis31
Bristol, WI896 contributions
Aug 2021
The Library of Congress is like no other building I've been in either in the US or abroad. The colors in the ceiling, the statues, the mosaics and even the floor are elegantly dedicated to learning. The map exhibit on the ground floor was a fascinating look at how our country developed geographically. There is also the Guttenburg Bible, and the chance to peer through a window to see the Reading Room. TIP - Make sure you go upstairs to see it from the gallery, the view is so much more impressive. Then there was the chance to see how it all started, part of Thomas Jefferson's original library which he sold to the government to form the Library of Congress. I loved how the guide pointed out how to tell which were actually Jefferson's and which the library had reconstructed. Lastly, there was the expansive shop where a librarian or history buff could pick up a quick keepsake. The only thing I wish we could have done is actually enter the Reading Room. That was a bit disappointing. If you want to go, visit their website and get a timed entry pass like we did. They are free and reserve you an entry window. Feel free to follow me for more fun reviews.
Written September 3, 2021
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lewnettles
Holley, NY39 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We went expecting just a library and it’s much more of a museum. The architecture and detail in the decor was mesmerizing . Definitely worth the stop. You do need timed entry passes at this time .
Written August 21, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,669 contributions
Aug 2021
I visited the Library of Congress in August 2021. I had also visited in August 2017 but I saw more this time. I obtained my timed-entry ticket online. The architecture of the building is fantastic with the Neptune Fountain in front. The location of the Library of Congress near the US Capitol and Supreme Court makes for a lot of photo opportunities. I passed through strict security. I followed the "Quick Look" self-guided tour on the Library of Congress website. The first thing I looked at was the Guttenberg Bible which was very interesting to look at. This was located on the second floor. On the third floor, I took a look at the Reading Room. On the steps up to the viewing area for the Reading Room is a painting of Minerva. The ceiling is unbelievable. Back down on the second floor on the floor is a sun dial surrounded by the signs of the zodiac. These were the key things mentioned in the "Quick Look" self-guided tour. On the second floor were several exhibits which I did not have time to visit. Hopefully I will visit them my next time in the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has a very nice gift and book shop.
Written August 20, 2021
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Tori
Stanford, CA48 contributions
Aug 2021
been a few times and its great each visit. incredible architecture and beautifully detailed exhibits
Written August 13, 2021
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JP G
12 contributions
Apr 2021
Not only is this place a place to absorb history, you can even look up history on old and new government insider information and find out what they are really doing with Government Bill number in congress. You can actually be enlighten with Government knowledge with research. It’s must see tourist stop with seeing Capitol Hill as well.
Written August 11, 2021
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