Library of Congress
Library of Congress
4.5
Libraries • Government Buildings
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08:30 - 16:30
Monday
08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 16:30
Thursday
08:30 - 16:30
Friday
08:30 - 16:30
Saturday
08:30 - 16:30
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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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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
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  • Capitol South • 5 min walk
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ctimms125
Austin, TX67 contributions
Nov 2022
I loved being here! I even got my library card! This building is beyond beautiful! There is so much here. This is art and history and information and the staff here is amazing.
Written 29 January 2023
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Kmusikgal
13 contributions
Jan 2023
Met our expectations and then some. The architecture is larger than life. The reminder of the history was overwhelming.
Written 19 January 2023
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Dianna R
3 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The line for security was long - it took about 45 minutes or more to get through it. Considering that we only spent about 30 minutes inside, it was probably not worth the wait. They were not very picky on the entry times on the passes, they seemed to let everyone in as long as they had a pass around the current time. The building is absolutely beautiful, especially the ceilings and marble. The reading room was closed, so you could only look into it. Some of the spaces/rooms were a little crowded and small compared to other DC buildings. If the security line is short, definitely go! If the security line is long, maybe spend the time doing something else.
Written 1 January 2023
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Rosemary C
Philadelphia, PA25 contributions
Dec 2022
We made a timed reservation as required, and still had to wait in line for a half hour, probably due to the Christmas holiday. It was well worth the wait to visit this spectacular historic building. There is a self guided tour which is worth the time if you are interested and insures that you see the highlights of the building.
Written 1 January 2023
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mermaidkatie
Charleston, SC39 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Incredibly beautiful, floor to ceiling! Don't miss it! The mosaic of Minerva is unbelievable. Pretty Christmas Tree up in the Great Hall.
Written 20 December 2022
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China11,317 contributions
Dec 2022
This should be added to any visit to Washington DC. With the largest collection of books in the world, the Library of Congress impresses both readers and visitors. Decor is ornate and opulent in every sense. The Great Hall is particularly photogenic. As the de facto national temple of literature, it is a real gem.
Written 16 December 2022
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Melissa G
Destin, FL21 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
This was a really good experience visiting the largest library in the world! Seeing Thomas Jefferson’s books and the Gutenberg Bible was awesome. The staff were really nice telling stories and answering questions. It is a beautiful building.
Written 16 December 2022
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reemakaa
Damascus, Syria35 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Amazing library. The dream of all book insects. I adored the library of Thomas Jefferson which contains 3000 books of every genre. One vosit is not enough..
Written 12 December 2022
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,071 contributions
Dec 2022
Beautiful and inspiring place, done in a mixture of neoclassical, renaissance and Secession styles. There is the Main library, a collonaded atrium, the Jefferson library with a sprinkling of exhibits (this time Gerschwin, early Brazilian documents etc). From the architecture, the paintings, the exhortations, the titles of Jeffferson's. books it becomes clear what were was bedrock upon which this Republic was founded: Science, Truth, Art and Equality (not its marxist perversion, equity). The energy behind the founding was driven by the quest for Bueauty and Truth - you can't build an empire with the lazy phantoms of social justice. If you want to understand the US of A, a visit to this Library is an equivalent of having read a library-worth of books.
Written 7 December 2022
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Worldtraveler8888
6 contributions
Nov 2022
Required spot to visit when traveling to Washington DC. Amazing architecture and art. Historically, a must see for all Americans. One of the major reasons that makes America special, given the sheer volume of books held in the library. A little know fact is that anyone with a driver's license can register for a library card, which enables you to go on the floor of the Jefferson Building, which is well worth taking the time to do so!
Written 4 December 2022
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