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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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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the best and most beautiful turn of the century architecture. The frescoes and the mosaic are really beautiful. The exhibit on wwi is very balanced and interesting. This is much less crowded than the other capitol hill buildings. There is a...More

Thank Gillou G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We happened to stumble onto the beginning of a tour. We jumped right in and saw a great deal of the Library. Our tour guide was more than knowledgeable and tried to give us the most info for our time. The area is spectacularly beautiful....More

Thank Sandi M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would allow an hour or two to look through the whole area. Make sure you go into the right building, there are THREE buildings that are called the Library of Congress. we accidentally went into the Madison Building- which are just offices. Anyways, beautiful...More

Thank ASL_Secretary14
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This a beautiful building with amazing architecture. Take the tour with docents; you won't regret it. A very kind and knowledgeable docent named Fred took us on our tour and you could sense his reverence for the place. He explained the history, the architecture and...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Whilst staying on Washington we visited a large number of the state attractions. The Library of Congress tour was not actually on our list. However, my uncle had booked it, so we went along. What an incredible surprise to find out how interesting and inspiring...More

Thank FurryTribe
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a stunningly beautiful building, both inside and out. Of course, I'm prejudiced as a book lover, and love being so close to one of the finest collections in the world, but even if it were totally empty it would be worth visiting for...More

1  Thank John C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Everyone should visit our nation's library, which is actually 3 buildings. The Thomas Jefferson Building is the one you must see to believe! Take time to appreciate the Italian Renaissance architecture, guided tours will educate you about the many special features; and the upper floor...More

1  Thank Therese H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hint: Take a tour. The building is incredible and the tour guides provide amazing detail. Also, don't miss the Gutenberg Bible or the overview of the Reading Room. When I was there recently, there were great exhibits on Meso America, the art of Courtroom Trial...More

Thank Toomdc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The interior of the Library of Congress is amazing and one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington. Make sure to look up at the ceiling with its magnificent decorations. You can't go into the reading room but you can look down onto it from...More

Thank Kate S
Reviewed 4 days ago

The architecture of this building is amazing. If you are traveling with small children visit the children's section in the basement. They have a scavenger hunt for the kids to fill out as they explore the main library. My son thought this was a lot...More

Thank GibsonMe
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Is it open on Sundays?
22 June 2017|
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Response from K6987ESlindar | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple buildings that comprise the library. One is open Monday -Saturday and the other Monday - Friday.
How much time should I allot for visiting this place? It looks amazing
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
Are pictures allowed? And, I heard there were letters on display that corresponded between Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler. Is this true?
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