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Library of Congress

Open Now: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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“gutenberg bible”(334 reviews)
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
National Mall
+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed today

Such a great place to visit. First it is beautiful!!! Lot a information to review about history. Has a public restroom.

Thank Annette M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After a long day of touring this was the last stop for the day - the Thomas Jefferson Building and the Library of the Congress. I recommend going via the tunnel that linked Capitol to the Library - pretty cool. The building itself was impressive...More

Thank Norman P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Traveled to DC area with our 3 kids (11-15) and stopped in the Library of Congress after a full day and Capital Tour. Worth the time to check it out. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable but the kids did not enjoy it longer than...More

Thank amy M
Reviewed yesterday

If you wander around the Capitol building like we did its worth a walk up to the Library of Congress just to see the outside of the building its stunning architecture, wasn't open on a Sunday when we visited that end of the city.

Thank TeamWard
Reviewed yesterday

The interior of this building is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. As long as you are right there, you should not miss it. If you go to the Capital Building first, be sure to take the tunnel to the Library, as...More

Thank Murphy5708
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took a tour to learn about the history and art of this building. There are several interesting exhibits going on as well. Worth a stop to see the interior.

Thank jfd
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had no idea this would be such an extraordinary site. With so much to do in DC,do NOT miss this gorgeous architecture and unparalled collection of books and artifacts.

Thank lizardl3gs
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So this building is to me one of the most beautiful places in DC on the inside. I love the architecture and the paintings on the ceilings. Spectacular!

Thank granna6
Reviewed 4 days ago

wow, just amazing the history of the building inside and out. a must stop when touring DC. well worth your trip

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We strolled to the Library of Congress via the tunnel from the Capitol Visitor Center. It was great not having to walk outdoors to cross the street. We enjoyed the exhibit that focused on Bob Hope and the exhibit focused on the Gershwin brothers. It...More

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January 12, 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!!
June 21, 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.
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