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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540-0002
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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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A "must see" in DC (if you can & do read).

Take the tour guided by a docent ! My wife and I do it at least once a year - this is the one tour on which we always accompany our visiting guests. We never tire of the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take the tour guided by a docent ! My wife and I do it at least once a year - this is the one tour on which we always accompany our visiting guests. We never tire of the architectural majesty and the history contained in this site. And anyone over 16 CAN READ THERE: if you want to read, go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to visit! The library is architecturally beautiful, and the history is very interesting. I would say this is a must if you come to D.C.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was very excited to go to the Library of Congress. Photos cannot do it justice. It has beauty and an interesting history. There are free guided tours. I went in peak of summer season so make sure to get there early to secure a spot on the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must-see. Try to get upstairs first to view the reading room and then work your way down the steps. There is an excellent exhibit of Jefferson's original library.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not your typical visit in DC, since you need to keep quiet and you aren't allowed to read the books. However if you want to do some serious research, walk across the street and get a readers card (might make a nice souvenir)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tour of this building is one of the most beautiful buildings in the US. Most tourist miss seeing this amazing building. A must see for any visit to DC

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Truly beautiful, very cool to see the first printed books, and great sculptures and paintings. Breathtaking!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Finally took the chance and visited the Library of Congress while in DC, Sept. 2016. As a history fan, I love this building. So many classic books and originals from the likes of Thomas Jefferson and other famous individuals. Will definitely make another visit here in the future.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am surprised that this gem is not on everyone's must-see list when they visit the nation's capital. The architecture is stunning, and the interior design/decor is breathtaking. Granted, I love books...but this library is so much more. Don't just take my word for it, though. Go see it for yourself!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were so impressed by the LOC. What a beautiful building with incredible architecture. The tour guide was awesome and provided tons of great info. One out favorite things we've seen so far.

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