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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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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed June 18, 2016

When we first visited DC in 1991, we could not tour the Library of Congress because it was undergoing restoration. It was so nice to see how beautifully it has been restored. Our tour was scheduled through our Senator's office, but public tours are available...More

Thank Ani K
Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The LOC or Library of Congress is the most gorgeous, most impressive building in DC! If you were planning on visiting the Capitol building, you're super close, plan on going on to the LOC. You will experience the splendor of a building designed to be...More

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed June 18, 2016

This place is a showpiece! It's not a library as much as it's a repository of all sorts of artifacts. The building is magnificent with incredible architecture and artwork. This exhibits will delight historians as well as those just getting started. Plan to do lots...More

Thank Kim G
Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

My favorite thing I did on the first day. The building itself is just beautiful and the exhibits are wonderful. Definitely check out the Jefferson library in there!

Thank Skye M
Reviewed June 17, 2016

This building is incredible! I highly recommend a tour, our guide was really good. It's just so beautiful inside. I loved hearing about the Jefferson Library and why/how the Library of Congress was created. All subjects are considered at equal importance. All people may use...More

Thank Teakellie6
Reviewed June 17, 2016

Particularly wanted to see this attraction and enjoyed the exhibitions within the library as well. The exhibition of the pioneering work of Jacob Riis about the poor people of New York city and how they lived in the late 1800's was particularly good.

Thank PADC5
Reviewed June 17, 2016

We enjoyed touring the Library of Congress more than we enjoyed the Capitol! It's a beautiful building with so much history. It's definitely worth the trip.

Thank Kate P
Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is an amazing building! It is full of art, architecture, and history at the same time! It is beautiful, and it is certainly a must see when you visit DC. Please ask your guide to talk to about you the "whisper room", you will...More

Thank Amarianir
Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We hired a private guide for one morning and the Library was on our tour. Our guide figured out quickly that we are history buffs and guided us to certain things in the Library. Especially interesting was Thomas Jefferson's personal library, preserved as a specific...More

Thank APM1919
Reviewed June 16, 2016

One of the most beautiful buildings in DC - we did the free tour and it was great, very informative. Our guide pointed out things we would never have noticed or known about. Highly recommend!

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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.
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
October 25, 2016|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
There are some places you cannot take pictures. Eg: the center round room where you can do research. I am sure it has a name, but I can't remember it. It was so beautiful inside and I wanted to take a picture. I asked the... More