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Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
+1 202-707-5000
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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.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed today via mobile

Lots to see. Exhibits and a tour if you choose. You can overlook the reading room even without a tour. Get a readers card if you want to go into the reading room. Has the best art on the ceiling.

Thank Nicole O
Reviewed yesterday

The Madison has it all. The LC has increased its faciliites for the public. There are more displays and areas open to the public. A quick visit to the other building to see the architecture.

Thank larryyasner
Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful visit! Amazing architecture! We enjoyed the gift shop as well. Don't miss the viewing area to look down into the library.

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Allow a lot of time; staff may not seem helpful and will require ID, specific info you seek, may not want you to view or touch the item

Thank Snctfyd
Reviewed 2 days ago

Second visit to the Library of Congress. It's a beautiful building and well worth the time for a visit. You can either take a guided tour or just walk around on your own. Our tour guide this time spent more time on the ceilings than...More

1  Thank Laura W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The free 1 hr tour had a lot of focus on explaining the artwork on the walls, ceiling, dome etc. Wish she wouldn't just shortened it and focused on the architecture (as it had stated), and important documents held there. We did not see any...More

Thank L0ve2Escape
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved the architecture & amazing art. It is a lovely must see. I wanted to read all the quotes on the walls.

Thank up2u2c
Reviewed 2 days ago

If it comes to a choice of touring the library, the capitol or the white house, then please choose this. I'm not an art buff, but the interior of this library is so amazing; the detail of the artwork, the statues and symbolic paintings within....More

Thank Scott D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The architecture, paintings, and relics here are interesting. Seeing the reading rooms is cool too. The Guetenberg bible is on display here too, plus a hAndwritten bible too. In and out in an hour.

Thank Jeff N
Reviewed 3 days ago

What can you see in a library we asked? We were pleasantly surprised at what this had to offer. Would recommend going. Take guided tour - lots of details. See most expensive map in world- 10 million. Area for music, Bob Hope area etc.

Thank Z5588CYchristinec
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21 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.
21 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
25 October 2016|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
There are some places you cannot take pictures. Eg: the center round room where you can do research. I am sure it has a name, but I can't remember it. It was so beautiful inside and I wanted to take a picture. I asked the... More