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
About
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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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Capitol South • 5 min walk
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4.5
9,004 reviews
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323
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trwigg
Houston, TX26 contributions
Breathtaking!
Jul 2021
We were here on the day they reopened and was thrilled at the opportunity to visit this site. One of the most beautiful buildings in DC.
Written July 20, 2021
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James Y
7 contributions
Impressive
Jul 2021
Amazing building, exhibits, and collections. Hard to really describe as it was somewhat overwhelming.
Written July 16, 2021
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Katie
Plymouth, MA84 contributions
Very engaging
Apr 2021 • Family
*April 2019
I don’t know if it is thrill there, but the baseball exhibit was very interesting and engaging for both adults and kids. The rest of the library was also interesting, but nothing really stood out to me aside from the baseball exhibit.
Written April 17, 2021
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thankfulforhelp
U.S.41 contributions
Something for everyone
Apr 2020
The LOC is a gem. If you have time, check out one of the many free events, whether they're concerts or lectures. Gloria Gaynor even performed there for a 70s disco event! And sign up to get a library card!
Written March 23, 2021
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Catherinejulia
7 contributions
Fantastic
Feb 2020 • Couples
Enjoyed a fabulous morning at the Library of Congress in February 2020. Beautiful building, amazing collection and the free and regular tours are so informative. Loved being able to get a laminated library card ( optional) which is valid for a few years. I treasure this. The visit was a true highlight of Washington DC. ❤️
Written October 24, 2020
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zoey and chase 🐾
Orlando, FL30 contributions
Book signing
Oct 2019 • Family
My 2nd grader had the opportunity to meet his favorite author Dav Pilkey, it was a great evening. They also have storytime for younger children. However if you have the chance to go by yourself it is worth the visit, take the train to Union Station and walk a few blocks to Library of Congress, such a beautiful scenario in DC.
Written September 10, 2020
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Jerry K
Ft Lauderdale138 contributions
America's Library
Feb 2020
One of the most beautiful building interiors in Washington DC and is often over looked by tourists. Don't forget to get your Library of Congress Card
Written August 23, 2020
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jcantu409
Alexandria, VA9 contributions
Our National Treasure
Aug 2020
Not only have amazing movies been shot in our National Library, but once or twice a year, the floor of the library opens to ANY / ALL those who wish to see the true knowledge of our Great American Nation. Anyone can visit and obtain a library card, can study where great leaders thoughts were/are captured on paper, and see that knowledge and our past is TRUE POWER.
Written August 11, 2020
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CookseyMom
Prosper, TX228 contributions
Spend time here!!
Jan 2020
We did a 'drive by' of this amazing building on our way from visiting the U.S. Capitol to lunch. I wish we'd had a lot more time than the half hour we spent walking through. The building itself and the beautiful architecture was incredible, but there were several exhibits that my husband and I wanted to see. Unfortunately, by then, our kids were very tired and museumed-out. Will definitely go back here and make it one of our first stops of our next DC trip.
Written July 3, 2020
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brittany z z
Amherst, MA121 contributions
An easy place to skip over but shouldn’t
Mar 2020 • Solo
I think it’s easy for tourists to skip over the library of congress. Even just go to take pictures inside of the great architecture and the use the tunnel to go over to the Capitol for a tour. For locals, they have great exhibits inside. Right now they have a grand one on women’s long fight to get the right to vote for the 100ty anniversary. They also have a Rosa Parks exhibit. The other exhibits were smaller and did not absorb as much of my time. I went on a Sunday in March. There was a little bit of a line to get in but I came in right after a big tour group.
Written June 29, 2020
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