Library of Congress

Library of Congress, Washington DC

Library of Congress
4.5
Libraries • Government Buildings
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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ny906 contributions
Jun 2022
My husband and I recently visited the Library of Congress. We had free pre-arranged tickets that I recieved from the website. We arrived at 6:15 on a Thursday (late night is Thursday). Security was swift and we entered very quickly. The building is historic and absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed the Watergate anniversary display and Thomas Jefferson's library collection. We also enjoyed a section on the early Americans.
Written 26 June 2022
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Shaden A
Amman, Jordan8 contributions
Jun 2022
A unique place. If you are visiting D.C then it is a must see attraction. The level of security is high. You'll get the chance to navigate the history of America and enjoy the old world maps, and history.
Written 21 June 2022
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ThePlainsman
The Plains, VA75 contributions
Jun 2022
This is one of America's greatest treasures, administered by true heroes who guard our finest treasure chests (too numerous and rich to do justice with a review here). Bravo!
Written 16 June 2022
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Lynn S
League City, TX563 contributions
May 2022
I was so glad to visit this on our reccent trip to DC because I did not have a chance to visit on my previous DC trip. This is the world's largest library (it does not have every single book in the world, but it does have bunches of books and also has a lot of recording too I am told). Anyone 16 years or older can get a library card and check out a book. The building itself inside and out is just spectacular and gorgeous. The library is actually several buildings but the main library is in the Jefferson Building and that's where you want to visit unless you're going to do research. Right now they are requiring timed entry passes which you can get online for free. The only time I could get was 10:45am (opening time) on Tuesday, and we had a Capitol tour scheduled an hour later. It was a short walk from there to the Capitol so we figured we had about 45 minutes for our visit and that turned out to be enough. The big items we saw were the Guttenburg Bible and Thomas Jefferson's Library (which he donated to Congress to begin the library). Not all of Jefferson's Library was viewable as some books were not there due to them digitizing the entire library. The view of the great reading room is just breathtaking. While you can definitely spend more than an hour here, if you are pressed for time, you can get it done in less than an hour for sure.
Written 9 June 2022
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Ogadoo
Belleair Bluffs, FL149 contributions
May 2022
The Reading Room at the Jefferson building (main building) is maybe the most impressive room where I have ever sat in my life. You will need a library card which are immediately available to enter, The building also contains a terrific museum. Absolutely a must see!
Written 28 May 2022
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stanton418
Fort Thomas, KY52 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
This is a very cool place to visit! It was not very crowded so we could move around and see a lot! We got to see and take photos of many this and it really was a fantastic experience!! I highly advise anyone to check this out!!
Written 28 May 2022
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Ilene B
Muldraugh, KY310 contributions
May 2022
The Library of Congress is amazing. There is a special room for Rosa Parks and embellished this room the most. You have to see history of a courageous woman who changed history. Again plan ahead get tickets online. Once you get into the Library go explore there are so many displays. I also remember a music display of musician Lionel Richie and his songs with Commodores and more.
Written 26 May 2022
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Molly Macfarlane
London, UK260 contributions
May 2022
We visited the Library of Congress on 05/11. It was really pretty, as was to be expected, but there were also a lot of exhibits inside.

In particular, we enjoyed the Rosa Parks and photography exhibits, so would recommend those most. Definitely has more than meets the eye - but make sure to book a timed slot as we were unaware of this and just got lucky.
Written 21 May 2022
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Jota Gil
Lisbon, Portugal75 contributions
May 2022
Beautiful, outside and inside, full of dignity, knowledge and history. With free admitance, it's a MUST GO experience while visiting Washington
Written 13 May 2022
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cbprc
Huntington, WV26 contributions
May 2022
Getting credentialed to use the main reading room in the Jefferson Building was a life-long goal. This was one of 2 reasons we chose Washinton this time.
Written 10 May 2022
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