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  • Address: 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington D.C. 20540, USA
  • Hours: Open Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm. Closed Sun
  • Admission: Free

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Library of Congress

One of the most iconic and impressive structures in Washington D.C., the Library of Congress contains a staggering 120 million items, including 22 million books plus manuscripts, maps, photographs, films and prints. But don't expect to see many books: Most are shelved on more than 500 miles of closed library stacks housed in the three different buildings. The Library - the world’s largest - is still nonetheless fascinating.

The centerpiece of the LOC experience is the historic 1897 Jefferson Building, where you can wander around the spectacular Great Hall, ornate with stained glass and marble. The artwork of the Great Hall reflects the beauty that emerges from such amassed wisdom, such as the goddesses and cherubs who represent different fields of knowledge. Multimedia kiosk provide the minutest details of the library’s awe-inspiring collection.

Anyone over the age of 18 carrying photo ID can use the library, and more than a million people do so each year. The Main Reading Room is in the Jefferson building, but it is just one of 22 reading rooms. The Library of Congress is a research library, meaning you can't check the books out, but you can read away inside its confines.

Practical Info

The Library of Congress is located on the east side of the Capitol. The visitors center, in the Jefferson Building, shows a brief film. The Madison Building also hosts concerts and screens classic films in the Mary Pickford Theater.

The National Digital Library is an online service that allows you to access papers, maps and musical scores in machine-readable format (the desks in the Main Reading Room are wired for laptops). Other tasty morsels available online include major exhibitions, prints, photographs, political speeches and films.

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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, null
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this private, 4-hour, sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable van ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Explore the famous landmarks, monuments, and neighborhoods of Washington, DC on this guided, 4-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable van and enjoy an ...  Read more

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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC

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Day or night, customize your itinerary from a list of the most popular sites around the greater DC area while being chauffeured like a celebrity in a stretch ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

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Beat the long entrance lines and see some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC on this full-day sightseeing extravaganza. Enjoy priority entry ...  Read more

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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Washington DC Private City Tour

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Enjoy easy transportation across the city by double-decker bus on three sightseeing loops with this hop-on hop-off tour in Washington DC. With a 24-hour pass, ...  Read more

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Dynamite Day Tour: Small Group DC Bus Tour

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Discover the major points of interest in Washington, DC on this guided, 7-hour, sightseeing tour. This small-group bus tour visits many of the famous monuments ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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