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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Seriously impressively building. Would have loved a tour but missed the opportunity. Beautiful architecture. Up there with the finest buildings in Rome. Take the tunnel between the Capitol Building it is about 10 mins walk but you won’t regret it. There is no cost to enter.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We immensely enjoyed our visit to the Library. We got there at 9:30 for their extended holiday hours. Our tour group was small and barely anybody was there yet. By the time we left, it was crazy busy with tour groups. Make sure you see the Waldseemüller's 1507 map which is the first known map to name America

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Located directly across the street from the Capitol building and immediately adjacent to the US Supreme Court, you should definitely make some time to see this phenomenal building if you are in the vicinity of either of these two.

Stepping into it, it is like visiting a building straight out of the Italian renaissance, as its design harkens back to a different time. The architecture is quite stunning, and to really make sure that you get the full experience, I highly recommend that you take one of the docent led tours. The docents are very knowledgeable and make the tour that much nicer. They are free and are on a first come, first served basis. The tour lasts a little more than an hour and a half, so plan accordingly.

The Jefferson library collection is particularly worthwhile, as the books were literally from Thomas Jefferson’s private collection and were sold to the library to replace some of the original collection that was lost during one of the fires early in its time.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Free tour takes a bit of time to cue up for but the building is amazing. Tour takes about an hour. Our docent was maybe a little on the slow side but all very informative and the lobby alone worth the visit. But do the tour. Stand inches from books from Jefferson's personal library. Look down on the main library room. The Gutenberg Bible. Over the top amazing building.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

When one says library, I expect to see stacks of books. This was much more than that. There were many historical artifacts and exhibits to see. Unfortunately, the line to overlook the reading room was too long to get in.

Date of experience: April 2018
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