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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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“reading room” (670 reviews)
“gutenberg bible” (297 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
National Mall
+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was on our friend's list & we were amazed with the history, architecture & Jefferson's library residing there. There was so much to see on the ceiling, it was tough to get through the displays. Which, unfortunately were rather slanted.

Thank GailCooks
Reviewed 4 days ago

We didn’t take any official tour here, so maybe we missed opportunities. We used the underground walkway from the Capitol building across the street to enter, and just walked around on our own. The building and architecture is stunning. If you go upstairs you can...More

Thank MyTwoCent s
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very impressive library both in terms of its resources as well as it architectural beauty. Well worth the time and the reading area is amazing

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wish I’d had time to go inside but the outside was still a great site. Next time I’ll go in for definite.

Thank James S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well worth the time to go in. Beautiful architecture and reading room. Very informative exhibits as well.

Thank Nathan G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful place. The building is amazing. Good for a quick visit. There is an underground passageway from the Capitol to the Library of Congress, which is nice.

Thank bph19
Reviewed 1 week ago

We only did Jefferson building because we ran out of time. Went when they opened and had building to ourselves. Reading room with its art and decorativedesign is awesome. Wherever you go in building there are exhibits including jefferson’s original library.

Thank Jrc4545
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked through the tunnels after a tour of the Capitol for a bonus peek at the beautiful reading room of the Library of Congress. A great reminder that our nation needs to preserve and protect the published word.

Thank Fran S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking into a library has never been as impressive as this one. The interior design and art are amazing as you step into the main entry area. We appreciated the exhibits and friendly staff during our visit. Check online for details about hours and special...More

Thank GWSTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Library of Congress is now housed in three buildings connected by an undreground tunnel. The main one to see is the Jefferson Building which is marvelous just to look at. But, you will short change your self if that is all you see. There...More

Thank D W
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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