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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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+1 202-707-5000
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Breathtaking architecture. Paintings and mosaics with such incredible history. Our tour guide was Bob and he spent extra time and showed us things off the normal tour. The... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Breathtaking architecture. Paintings and mosaics with such incredible history. Our tour guide was Bob and he spent extra time and showed us things off the normal tour. The Jefferson library was spectacular. Proud to live in the United States that appreciates all of the arts, sciences, literature, history etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I adored my visit to the Library of Congress in January! The Jefferson Building is a spectacular sight and offers both a sublime encounter with architecture and decor of the era, but also numerous exhibitions and the opportunity to check out the main reading room. There were no queues at 8am and we virtually had the space to ourselves! I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking around the backside of the congress building towards the library, you might have to queue a bit for the security checks at the entrance. Be aware that you can get a shortcut by going downstairs instead of upstairs, where you'll find a second entrance which often is less crowded! For the building: impressive building and great pieces on exhibit.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked over after touring the Capitol. It was well worth it. There was so much to see, and the building is so beautiful.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fabulous historical documents to see here and the interior is beautiful! Well worth the time to visit.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tours to the Library run every 30 minutes. It is worth taking the time to tour. Beautiful ornate building with wonderful history. Tour guide is very informative

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is more than a library; it is a captivating learning experience. In addition to the beauty of the place, I especially enjoyed one area. One should not visit without taking a look in the area displaying the 100 books that have had the greatest impact on America.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is across the road from the Capitol building and is a 10 minute walk from Capitol South subway station. The library offers free guided tours every hour or you can walk around and explore at your leisure. This is a very grand building and very photographic so take as many as you want. In the basement is a cafe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Talk about history and the building this was just awesome. We watched congress in action but just touring the building and seeing the inside and the architecture was incredible. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

knowledge is power! The staff is very nice and courteous, always ready to inform, to help. Have seen one of the three only existing Gutenberg Bible was breathtaking. Thomas Jefferson's personal book collection is also impressive. It is worth to see the first edition of books like "Gone with the Wind", "Moby Dick" and many many more.

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