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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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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a very informative tour that took us through most of the building including the actual library that is off limits to the public.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Patrick D
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Library of Congress is spectacular on so many levels it is a definite "must see" when you visit DC. It consists of 3 connected buildings with the Jefferson Building the largest and with the most to see, including the spectacular original reading room. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank casallese
Reviewed 6 days ago

We did this tour the same day as the Capitol because we could walk through the tunnel without going through security again. The great hall is magnificent, as is all of the Italian Renaissance style of this building. The Gutenberg Bible which was produced in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Patty B
Reviewed 1 week ago

To view, some of the actual documents that helped develop our country is inspiring. Leave your library card at home. This place is well protected and guarded.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank SoCalScotts
Reviewed 1 week ago

Which did we love more Library of Congress of National Archives? Hard to say, but this is a MUST SEE! Schedule your arrival so you can take the free guided tour. The average tourist will miss the historical significance and artistic features of the library....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank addtraveler10101
Reviewed 1 week ago

Outside the library blends into other surrounding buildings. Inside, the building is brilliant and exquisite. You can see rare books in the showcase.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank heikkih722
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like to visit libraries this is an absolute must do! Talk about history, architecture and wonderful exhibits. I planned a short amount of time and ended up staying a couple hours. So many things to do, so many things to see, it's definitely...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ahems
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another beautiful building! If you go to the Capital Building first you can do that tour and then walk through a tunnel that takes you right to the Library of Congress where you can then bypass security (since you were already checked before going into...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KimberH0422
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building is incredible. It took our breath away when we went in. It holds 155 Million items, adding 11,000 daily.There are tours Monday through Friday every hour on the half hour (only from certain times like 10:30 until 3:30). They are a first come...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Whitney S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this visit. You can spend as much, or as little time here. The building, atmosphere & art is incredibly beautiful, as are its contents.

Date of experience: November 2018
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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