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Library of Congress

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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
+1 202-707-5000
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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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“gutenberg bible” (289 reviews)
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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 December 29, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful, historic, US treasure. The views of the Reading Room and its gorgeous dome are a must see. In this day of digital information and lack of appreciation for REAL paper books, you'll be blown away.

Thank mhf1838
Reviewed December 28, 2015

The Library of Congress is located just behind the United States Capital building so there is no excuse to not walking over a having a look. It will be worth it.

Thank Rustic-Ranger
Reviewed December 28, 2015

As with many places in DC they're worth seeing if for no other reason than the incredible architectural designs. This place is stunningly beautiful.

Thank John H
Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is an absolutely gorgeous building, full of symbolism (and books, of course). There is a 40-minute tour, free, that begins with a short informational video, and then an expert guide takes you to see the highlights; instead of just wandering around, you can learn...More

Thank travelg38
Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is my favorite thing to visit in Washington DC. Beautiful ornamentation, history, collection of special volumes. The reading room is just gorgeous. You can apply for a library card (free) with a few hours or overnight notice an then go back and sit to...More

Thank Glowmoment
Reviewed December 27, 2015

I took some Brazilian friends, and they were in awe of the ambiance, the architecture, the simple yet imposing beauty as well as the history of the place. A must stop especially if you are visiting the Capitol.

Thank Kaya F
Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful building and worth seeing. What I didn't realize: -you wait on line to get a glimpse of the main beautiful room but you are behind glass one level up and you have just a small area to walk in. I thought we would get...More

Thank stacey327
Reviewed December 26, 2015

It amazes me that these large building were built with all the marble/granite. Learning about the building itself is interesting, for example the "puttis" or babies in the hall around the steps, look close they all have a different occupation. Gutenberg bible on display

Thank CaptViolet2013
Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

An excellent choice to see a world class library. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The high light of the tour for me was seeing one of the three volumes of the Gutenburg Bible on display.

1  Thank Robert R
Reviewed December 23, 2015

Be sure to check the opening hours of the library before you go. If you want to have close access to the library, you can apply for the library card at home and pick up the library card upon your arrival. There is also easy...More

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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
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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