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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it...

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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What a beautiful place to visit! Loved seeing the library of Thomas Jefferson exhibit - the original books and hearing the story of the sale of his books to Congress, fire and... read more

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What a beautiful place to visit! Loved seeing the library of Thomas Jefferson exhibit - the original books and hearing the story of the sale of his books to Congress, fire and subsequent rebuilding of the library. So much to see here - maps, interactive displays - spent 2 hours and could easily have spent a half day. We did... More 

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The Library of Congress is the most beautiful building in DC! We went here based on a friends' recommendation and I'm so glad we went! The place is full of marble and beautiful art. Neat exhibits including Thomas Jefferson's private library collections. Neat history information on the guided tours. This is a MUST do in DC.

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I spent the better part of a day here. You must take a tour with a guide or you will miss so much because "everything means something" inside, from tile inlay to the statues to the quotes on the walls...it can be over-whelming with information, so take it slow to take it all in. A highlight of the trip for... More 

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The Library of Congress has self guided tours however take the time to arrange a tour with your congressman or representative before you visit DC. The tours are smaller and led by a docent. Their are several exhibits in the LOC at any time. Currently Thomas Jefferson's library and WWI are ongoing exhibits- both excellent. Take the time to see... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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Loved seeing the Jefferson Building with its beautiful interior. Reading room is a must see, and Jefferson's collection of books and story behind it very interesting.

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My 10-year old son and 12-year old daughter and I went on a public tour! the 60 minutes flew by and we learned tons. The building and its history is really something. I would highly recommend this....

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This is probably not on many "to visit" list but after touring I give it five stars. Definitely worth spending the morning or afternoon. So interesting!

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Beautiful architecture from inside and outside. Looks impressive and wealthy. Great view on the Congress.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have visited DC before but never made it to this building; so much walking... Anyway, this time we left the Capitol Building and ventured over to the Thomas Jefferson Building Library of Congress. It was absolutely amazing; the interior was stunning, the architecture was beautiful. We didn't take a tour just grabbed a brochure and walked around the place.... More 

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Beautiful building with fabulous views. I enjoyed looking around this building. Lots of history and displays about the founding individuals who ensured that the library contained a variety of information about the world.

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