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Library of Congress

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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.more
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 September 2006

The Library of Congress has both guided and self-guided tours. We took a guided tour from a docent named Patricia and it was great! She gave us a brief history of the Library's beginnings, it's main functions (research and copyrights), showed us their copy of...More

11  Thank HollyMary
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 17 October 2012

The tour was about the ceiling, the floor, the statues, the scultpures, the type of paint on the walls, the quotes.... basically this was an art tour. My kids and I left the tour without any idea of what the Library of Congress was, what...More

6  Thank dee g
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The beauty of this building is amazing! You have to see it to understand. They don’t make buildings like this anymore. It’s also great to take a peek at Thomas Jefferson’s private collection that he donated to the Library of Congress. Definitely worth your time...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a nice experience. Plan to spend about Two hours or more (pending on your love for books). Long lines at times to overlook the research reading room.

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fascinating place and very worthwhile to visit. Great architecture and art. Also take a tour, you'll be happy you did.

1  Thank Reis4
Reviewed 2 days ago

We absolutely loved the library, especially the Thomas Jefferson Library. Beautiful building and inspirational.

Thank Geraldine C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful building both outside and in. The painted walls and ceilings with all their columns is stunning then add to this the fact that it’s the largest library in the world. Take a peep down over top edge to look down into...More

Thank 854DP
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a must see in DC. Especially for people who love libraries. You can take a free guided tour. The building is amazing! The sheer number of books is awe-inspiring. And anyone can become a member!

Thank Kaumudi P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was surprised by the light in this library, and the intimate Jefferson office. The temporary exhibition on Americans in WW I was appropriate in this time of remembrance

Thank ludo001
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our time in the Main Reading Room. Helpful staff willing to assist with sign up process and help us with retrieving the materials we needed.

Thank K3286XVcindyc
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited the capitol and then walked thru the tunnel to the library The architecture is definitely worth seeing Take the time to explore every floor

Thank Tempusfugit2015
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We got here via the tunnel from the Capitol. Great entry way. The view of the library is very cool, the building is amazing and they have some exhibitions that are very nice: at this time they had a baseball exhibition that our son really...More

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traumaqueen09
13 January 2018|
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Response from BChupka | Reviewed this property |
I would plan 2-3 hours so as not to rush. The tour guides seem very good. My cousin works there so she took us around herself. Much more than a library!!
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Ruplogin
22 June 2017|
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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.
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ASL_Secretary14
22 April 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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