Library of Congress

Library of Congress, Washington DC

Library of Congress
4.5
Libraries • Government Buildings
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
About
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
How to get there
  • Capitol South • 5 min walk
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Kinda Invisible
Greater Seattle Area276 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2021
This is a beautiful building and of course seeing important documents is a must when in The District. We were lucky to go when there weren't a ton of tourists so the guards made sure we knew we didn't have to line up single file to view. I'm not sure if that's the case when the crows are larger, but heads up.
Written 21 October 2021
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sloomis31
Bristol, WI882 contributions
An Architectural Masterpiece
Aug 2021
The Library of Congress is like no other building I've been in either in the US or abroad. The colors in the ceiling, the statues, the mosaics and even the floor are elegantly dedicated to learning. The map exhibit on the ground floor was a fascinating look at how our country developed geographically. There is also the Guttenburg Bible, and the chance to peer through a window to see the Reading Room. TIP - Make sure you go upstairs to see it from the gallery, the view is so much more impressive. Then there was the chance to see how it all started, part of Thomas Jefferson's original library which he sold to the government to form the Library of Congress. I loved how the guide pointed out how to tell which were actually Jefferson's and which the library had reconstructed. Lastly, there was the expansive shop where a librarian or history buff could pick up a quick keepsake. The only thing I wish we could have done is actually enter the Reading Room. That was a bit disappointing. If you want to go, visit their website and get a timed entry pass like we did. They are free and reserve you an entry window. Feel free to follow me for more fun reviews.
Written 3 September 2021
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lewnettles
Holley, NY39 contributions
Happily surprised
Aug 2021 • Family
We went expecting just a library and it’s much more of a museum. The architecture and detail in the decor was mesmerizing . Definitely worth the stop. You do need timed entry passes at this time .
Written 21 August 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,469 contributions
Fantastic Visit
Aug 2021
I visited the Library of Congress in August 2021. I had also visited in August 2017 but I saw more this time. I obtained my timed-entry ticket online. The architecture of the building is fantastic with the Neptune Fountain in front. The location of the Library of Congress near the US Capitol and Supreme Court makes for a lot of photo opportunities. I passed through strict security. I followed the "Quick Look" self-guided tour on the Library of Congress website. The first thing I looked at was the Guttenberg Bible which was very interesting to look at. This was located on the second floor. On the third floor, I took a look at the Reading Room. On the steps up to the viewing area for the Reading Room is a painting of Minerva. The ceiling is unbelievable. Back down on the second floor on the floor is a sun dial surrounded by the signs of the zodiac. These were the key things mentioned in the "Quick Look" self-guided tour. On the second floor were several exhibits which I did not have time to visit. Hopefully I will visit them my next time in the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has a very nice gift and book shop.
Written 20 August 2021
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Tori
Stanford, CA48 contributions
amazing
Aug 2021
been a few times and its great each visit. incredible architecture and beautifully detailed exhibits
Written 13 August 2021
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JP G
12 contributions
Hidden secret of our constitutional party Goverment history
Apr 2021
Not only is this place a place to absorb history, you can even look up history on old and new government insider information and find out what they are really doing with Government Bill number in congress. You can actually be enlighten with Government knowledge with research. It’s must see tourist stop with seeing Capitol Hill as well.
Written 11 August 2021
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trwigg
Houston, TX26 contributions
Breathtaking!
Jul 2021
We were here on the day they reopened and was thrilled at the opportunity to visit this site. One of the most beautiful buildings in DC.
Written 20 July 2021
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James Y
7 contributions
Impressive
Jul 2021
Amazing building, exhibits, and collections. Hard to really describe as it was somewhat overwhelming.
Written 16 July 2021
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Katie
Plymouth, MA85 contributions
Very engaging
Apr 2021 • Family
*April 2019
I don’t know if it is thrill there, but the baseball exhibit was very interesting and engaging for both adults and kids. The rest of the library was also interesting, but nothing really stood out to me aside from the baseball exhibit.
Written 17 April 2021
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thankfulforhelp
U.S.41 contributions
Something for everyone
Apr 2020
The LOC is a gem. If you have time, check out one of the many free events, whether they're concerts or lectures. Gloria Gaynor even performed there for a 70s disco event! And sign up to get a library card!
Written 23 March 2021
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