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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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  • Average3%
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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 yesterday

The Library of the congress is an amazing building, specially inside there are all sorts of designs in the floor and roof all over the place, I recommend to go early in the morning so you can get to see / photograph everything without all...More

Thank Camilo M
Reviewed yesterday

DC has so many good museums, so why visit Library of Congress?? Well, the building is beautiful and you have been to one of the key institutions of US government. But it's not for kids or adolescents .... the special exhibition in July 2017 was...More

Thank sith1968
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took a guided tour but her microphone broke and I could not hear a word she was saying. But we had a great time just wandering around and looking at the architecture and displays. Loved seeing the Guttenberg Bible and looking down on the central...More

Thank Melinda H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The architecture of this building is amazing. Our guide, MJ, was very knowledgeable and articulate. She made the tour very interesting. The Library of Congress does not sound like a must visit but it is not too be missed.

Thank Bestfive
Reviewed 3 days ago

This building is beautiful inside - marble architecture, murals and paintings and statues everywhere. It was nice just to roam around. It is also the largest library in the world - we didn't see many books (they mostly have to be requested from the stacks)...More

Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 3 days ago

the only thing i can tell people is that this place (state capital building and the library of congress) was in the top two most amazing places I've seen in my life. Highly recommend this!

Thank Lulu C
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you get a chance to go in the Library of Congress take the time to go get a library card. They can tell you where to do it. We did and then were able to go into the Jefferson Library.

Thank skv13
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was so hot the day we went, it was nice to be in the air conditioning. It was beautiful to see all the books and to read about Thomas Jefferson and what he added to the collection.

Thank lisa0916
Reviewed 4 days ago

The architecture was amazing, the building is beautiful. We didn't have much time to look around as our itinerary had us moving on. If/when I make it back this will be my first stop in DC.

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful building, wish we could have enter the reading room but I understand the need to keep it private. I am glad you can see it from above though. We took the tunnel from the capitol to get here and it was shorter distance than...More

Thank b0nniederby
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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.
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
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