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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.
Haleyville, AL
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“Most beautiful building in DC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

The architecture in this building is awesome! I believe they told us in the tour that we took, the building cost $3M to build long ago...I cannot imagine the price tag today. Painted ceilings, mosaic tile, statues and marble carvings...WOW!

Visited June 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

The LOC has great collections and a nice tour. It is close to the mall, but if you have limited time, this is probably not the first place to visit.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

If you like architecture like I do you will LOVE this building, also there are some very interesting displays inside and the gift shop had unique gifts. My son's girlfriend loves to read so he got her a bookmark from "Library of Congress", she was super excited! The building itself is something to see, Thomas Jefferson's library & the reading room are two highlights here. Well worth a stop in!

Visited May 2012
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“Jefferson Building was lovely, worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

We were due to visit the Capitol Building, and had time to spare before heading in there. The Library of Congress seemed to be the natural stop before the Capitol, given their proximity. Honestly, we had not researched the Library very much, and when the taxi driver asked us which of the three buildings we wanted to visit, we immediately felt a bit naive! We opted for the Jefferson Building, figuring it housed at least the library he donated to the National LIbrary when in burnt down in 1814. The building is incredibly beautiful, with gorgeous painted vaulted ceilings. While we didn't have time to wait to see the Library's reading room, we did get to see the recreation of Jefferson's donated library, and a few other exhibits installed there.

The Youth Reading Room is less impressive, as it's really a reading room (like local libraries) without a real perspective for kids, other than "reading is good". If your kids were really young, it might be a good respite from the more adult exhibits, but our kids (12 and 9) thought it a bit pedestrian. There were a few worksheets for kids to complete there (word searches, summer sudoku, coloring pages) but my kids were not interested in that.

The Jefferson building connects to the Capitol Building, so we could go from one to the other without having to leave the building. This was a MAJOR plus, given the heat (100F) and the road needed crossing. We easily made our appointment for the tour of the Capitol.

Overall, I would have liked more time in this building, but we didn't plan quite plan as well as we might have. If you have about 90 minutes, you could see nearly all that you might like to see!

Visited June 2012
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“History for all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

never have I see such work of history that makes me proud to be human and part of the world's history

Visited May 2012
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