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“Library of Congress was a Great Read!”

Library of Congress
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Owner description: 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.
Cary, NC
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“Library of Congress was a Great Read!”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

We booked a tour of the Library of Congress ahead of time with our congressperson (just go to your congressperson's website--do a websearch for it--and click on "Visiting the DC Area." Fill out a form with your dates of visit and attractions you wish to tour. A staff person will e-mail you back with times and tickets for your events. We arrived at the LOC and found our names on a tour list. Anyone gets the same tour, but if the line is long on a busy day, it's great to already have a spot reserved for you.)

We started in the Young Readers' Room (which is actually 3 linked rooms). A number of children's books (somewhich are early copies of books not yet published) and comfy chairs awaited my bibliophiles. My younger son's happiest moments were the hour he spent sitting and reading!

Our tour started with a short video. A guide took us on an hour long tour, using earpieces for all of us to hear her speak in the midst of many tourists and other groups. We saw the Guttenberg Bible (first Bible printed on moveable printing press), the LOC reading room, and the main entryway. She gave very informative and witty insight into the history of the LOC, its architecture, and the establishment of the collection. It was a little long at points, but was interesting and informative and free. There was also several million dollar map, which was the first one ever to include the name "America." They had an interesting exhibit on a few artifacts from the time of Columbus. We also enjoyed the gift shop.

Visited December 2011
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“Wow worth the visit”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

seen it on Tv and movies but so much better up close, good to get there early before the crowds. In deep winter the pond is frozen over.

Visited January 2011
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“Beautiful Biulding”
Reviewed December 27, 2011

We have visited the Library of Congress many times and have yet to have a proper tour. Was supposed to have one this year but messed up the times. Such a spectacular-looking building. Can't wait to hear all of the details about the architecture and Thomas Jefferson

Visited December 2011
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Clovis, California
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“Worth the trip”
Reviewed December 26, 2011

Go do the free 1 hr tour of the building and its history. It is absolutely beautiful and very interesting.

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“What a beautiful building”
Reviewed December 25, 2011

Visit via the tunnel from congress. This is so beautiful, the reading room looks like it's painted it's so ordered and neat.

Visited December 2011
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