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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“gutenberg bible” (308 reviews)
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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"reading room"
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"beautiful building"
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"book collection"
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in 90 reviews
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"free tour"
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"national treasure"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very nice to see although they wouldn’t let us past the doorway to the actual room. It appeared that there was a tour in there - but the guards weren’t very forthcoming with how to get a tour. Even without being able to go in...More

Thank Tanya C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After touring the Capital we walked over to the Library of Congress. What a surprise. We had no idea what we would see there. The building on the outside is pretty typical DC style. The inside is beautiful. Ornate and colorful. There many displays of...More

Thank jth3309
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of five building that holds documents from our past. Fro maps to articles that are part of our national history. The murals in the building are wonderful. You can not say enough about it

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited this with our son's school as chaperones. The inside of the building is a MUST see in DC. It is both awe-inspiring and very decorative.

Thank Wiebke P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is a must site in Washington. Go to see the Gutenberg Bible and the overview of reading room. Visit the library after the Capitol so you can go via a tunnel straight from there to the library.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My grandson and myself LOVED this part of the Library of Congress. We took of pic in fromt of the wall with "We cannot live without books."

Thank Janice B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is my favorite in DC. The building is absolutely beautiful. If you have the time, tours are provided for you at no cost. We visited on two separate occasions on this trip. The first one we were able to look down into the library....More

Thank Msbutterbrigham
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This has to be one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever visited. You could spend hours just admiring that aspect alone if you so desired. However, the other aspects of the library are definitely interesting and worth your time if you have any...More

Thank John G
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Reviewed 6 days ago

i) Size - it’s the largest library in the world, with apparently over 500 miles of bookshelves ii) History – the original building and its books were burnt by the British but it was re-built and opened in 1897. I had read that Thomas Jefferson...More

Thank Mairwen1
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you are a bookworm or an architecture fan, this is a must visit. Don't miss the rotunda. I got goosebumps viewing this beautiful building and the rare books. I could spend days here just wandering the book stacks...

Thank JaynieC
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traumaqueen09
12 January 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!!
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Ruplogin
22 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.
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ASL_Secretary14
22 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
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