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Library of Congress

Library, Historic Site, and Government Building
Southeast Washington, Washington
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  • Chad Y.
    "Don't forget a library card from the Madison building."(9 Tips)
    Davide
    "Check the free tours every hour, totally worth it!!"(5 Tips)
    ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨
    "Love the majestic and elaborate architecture of the building."(7 Tips)
    Laura G.
    "Check out the books along the walls of the civil war exhibit!"(21 Tips)
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  • Chad
    ChadMay 27
    Awesome place, but If you're looking for the Book of Secrets or a secret library room that only the President has access to, then you spend too much time watching movies.
    Upvoted May 27
  • Fresko
    FreskoJanuary 11
    If you want to get inside the actual library, you need a access card which is free to anyone, but will take a couple days to get it
  • Jorge H.
    Jorge HerreraAugust 27, 2015
    The building is a marvel of North America. You will not find another place full of symbols and beauty to this magnitude elsewhere.
  • Caleb H.
    Caleb HaysAugust 10, 2015
    Evening reading room access on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Enter through back door of the Jefferson building. If you don't have a reader card, they can help at the check-in desk to the M.R.R.
  • Lydia S.
    The building is a must see! There are wonderful gift shops and tour offered all day! Amazing building!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Going to the Capitol?! Take the underground tunnel! Most people miss it and you can skip security because you've already been cleared!
  • CNN
    CNNApril 13, 2015
    The library houses more than 36 million books and printed materials, as well as more than 121 million maps, photographs and other items. Free guided tours are offered several times each day. Read more
  • Greg G.
    Greg GordonJanuary 13, 2015
    Plan to spend time here. This place is gorgeous and full of wonderful things to see and experience
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonDecember 29, 2014
    When visiting on a weekday, make sure to go to the sixth-floor Madison Cafeteria for sweeping views of the National Mall without the crowds.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikDecember 14, 2014
    I used to be sad I never got my Hogwarts letter. But then I found another institution with ornate corridors, reading rooms, and underground tunnels.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KunickiNovember 29, 2014
    There's a free tour a few times a day, which lasts an hour and a half and is fascinating. If you only have time for either the Capitol tour or this one, no doubt - take this one. Far more informative.
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NettlesNovember 12, 2014
    If you are conducting extensive research or well will be using materials for more than a short time, ask for a study shelf.
  • Puck P.
    Puck PeijnenburgOctober 19, 2014
    Use the underground tunnel between the Capitol and the congress library. Than you don't need to go to an extra security check and more lines.
  • Dee D.
    Dee D'AlessandroOctober 9, 2014
    What ever you do, make sure to see the Library of Congress in DC! Absolutely stunning building! Check out only one of 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the only copy in north america.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Robert P.
    Robert PackardSeptember 26, 2014
    That we maintain a collection of our written history, as a culture, is so mind-bogglingly cool that it takes a bit to fully appreciate. How can I suggest just one thing to check out?
  • Alberto C.
    Alberto CarvalhoAugust 7, 2014
    You must have an invitation to get inside de reading room. You can get in a government office nearby
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SawickiJanuary 22, 2014
    There are some great mini-exhibits in this building, which is largely used by researchers and ignored by tourists. Make sure to check out the 6th floor and basement.
  • boonlalala
    boonlalalaJanuary 22, 2014
    just can see the main room through the big glass unless you have a library card. fortunately the library card is free and it takes about 30 mins to have one
  • Joann T.
    Joann TyreeNovember 4, 2013
    Make sure you go online b4 trip to receive permission to enter reading room for research and fill out application for a Library of Congress library card.
  • Cozmik
    CozmikAugust 26, 2013
    The cloakroom guy that worked today mumbles & when you ask him what he said he gets super rude with you. Another huge asshole who obviously hates his job and his mediocre life. You hold bags, woohoo.
  • Jose C.
    Jose CaballeroAugust 17, 2013
    If you really want to get a great, in-depth tour, try to get Tom Hoban. He's great!!
  • Armie
    ArmieAugust 6, 2013
    On the second floor, visitors can explore Thomas Jefferson's Library, featuring thousands of original volumes that provided the foundation for the Library of Congress & it's universal collections
  • Josh L.
    Josh LefebvreJuly 22, 2013
    Any trip to DC wouldn't be complete without a stop here. The inside of the main hall is one of the most spectacular sights in the district.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    Over 100 million items. Need we say more? The sheer volume of the collection is awe inspiring, and it’s not just the books. Photo lovers, map heads, and film fans alike will all find something... Read more
  • BROADS
    BROADSApril 29, 2013
    The library of congress happens to be the largest library on planet and one of our favorite hiding spots!
  • ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨
    Love the majestic and elaborate architecture of the building. Also, admired The Court of Neptune Fountain by Roland Hinton Perry right outside the library.
  • Sam C.
    Sam CoturriApril 11, 2013
    Check out the graphic arts gallery. Downstairs away from the crowds. Amazing collection.
  • della C.
    della CurtisJanuary 4, 2013
    The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 151.8 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves
  • Stephanie F.
    Stephanie FryAugust 8, 2012
    If only passing through, or are pressed for time, make sure to visit the main hall! Absolutely gorgeous ceiling and walls.
  • FrameLink.us & MATcutter.com
    You think you have a lot of images. Go to www.loc.gov/pictures . They have a "my pictures" file that is immense. Everything from Ansel Adams Photographs to Baseball Cards to Cartoon Prints.
  • @cry_baby95
    @cry_baby95June 22, 2012
    If you're impressed with the library just in general, you should definitely check out the restrooms, they're very nice.
  • Philip W.
    Philip WangMarch 12, 2012
    one of the most beautiful buildings in the country (if not the world) and lesser known attractions in DC.
  • U.S. Capitol
    U.S. CapitolDecember 29, 2011
    Opened in 1980, measuring 500 feet wide and 400 feet deep, the Madison Building is the largest library structure in the world. Read more
  • U.S. Capitol
    U.S. CapitolDecember 29, 2011
    Immediately after it opened in 1897, the Library of Congress was widely considered to be the most beautiful, educational and interesting building in Washington. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The Library of Congress retains more than 145 million items filling the equivalent of some 745 miles of shelves! Free guided tours offered throughout the week. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Tripsetc T.
    The Largest Library in the World not under one roof getting there is a bit cumbersome however if you have easy access a membership is well worth it. They have any book you might think of.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJuly 19, 2011
    It would take you 24 years to see all the photos in the Library of Congress, at a photo per minute. Check out C-SPAN’s “Library of Congress” documentary. Clip from the documentary here on YouTube. Read more
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJuly 19, 2011
    It would take 60,000 yrs to go through all the books in the Library of Congress, at 1 book per day. Check out C-SPAN’s “Library of Congess” documentary. Clip from the documentary here on YouTube. Read more
  • Now Owl
    Now OwlApril 12, 2011
    Hang out at the picnic tables at the top of the steps on the Independence/penn side. Grab a frozen yogurt from across the street and enjoy!
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 8, 2011
    Interesting fact: preserved at the Library are a draft of the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln’s first drafts of his Gettysburg Address, and the papers of 23 presidents from Washington to Coolidge
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANDecember 14, 2010
    Check out this video of Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Book & Special Collections at the LOC, discussing The Federalists Papers. Read more
  • NAACP
    NAACPDecember 2, 2010
    You can access the NAACP archives in the Manuscript Division, located in Madison 101. Also, make sure you check out the NAACP Online Exhibition at myloc.gov/exhibitions/naacp.
  • Jared P.
    Jared PhilippeNovember 22, 2010
    Get your reader card from the Madison building room 140 to gain access to the main reading room. The buildings are connected by an underground walkway (take the elevator to the Ground level).
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 15, 2010
    In the Library of Congress, the tattered diary of Dr. Frederick Cook provokes one of exploration’s fiercest debates: who was the first person to actually reach the North Pole?
  • Michael S.
    Michael StroudJuly 13, 2010
    One of the best interiors in DC. A must for history fans. Take the Metro to Capitol South and walk two blocks north to building. Avoid driving.
  • Julie G.
    Julie GerdesMay 24, 2010
    Absolutely gorgeous and gaudy architecture- great for a cold day in DC, when you just want to wander around indoors.
  • Tasha M.
    Tasha MajorMay 17, 2010
    The Jefferson building is covered in beautiful artwork that is dripping in symbolism. Take advantage of the free tours to really get the most out of this visit!
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 1, 2010
    Created in 1800 the library is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution & the largest library in the world. In 1815 Thomas Jefferson sold his entire personal collection of books to the library
  • Fabian
    FabianMarch 28, 2010
    There's an underground passage that connects to the US Capitol Visitors Center, its much faster than taking the sidewalk outside.
    Upvoted May 18
  • bryan r.
    bryan rudinDecember 2, 2009
    Check out the basement. Take the elevator down to the bottom floor, and you'll be in a sub basement of the Library. Dont worry, you're allowed to be there! Wander the passages to find the office wh
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