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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 Tours

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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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour, Washington DC, null
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Discover our Nations Capitol on this exceptionally comprehensive 4 hour personalized, professionally guided tour. Our small group format is limited to 12 ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 Reviews

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this private, 3-4-hour, sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $240.00
Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

Explore the famous landmarks, monuments, and neighborhoods of Washington, DC on this guided, this 3-4-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable van and ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $300.00
Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

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Experience DC with locals on one of our 3 hour private tours. We will personalize your itinerary to visit the sites on your must-see list. Monday - Saturday we ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $400.00
Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour

Enjoy all the sites of our nation's capital from the luxury of your premium SUV, 15-passenger van,or a Coach on a 3 hour guided tour of Washington DC. Start ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Taste of DC Segway Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Taste of DC Segway Tour

See the highlights of Washington, DC, on this 1-hour segway tour. Visit the Capitol, Supreme Court, Botanical Gardens, and more on this short, exhilarating ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry, Washington DC, Segway Tours
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Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Explore the best of Washington DC on this 5-hour tour including reserved entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building! After an in-depth tour of the U.S. Capitol, ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Delve into a world of spooks, ghouls, and haunted souls on a 1.5-hour walking tour of Washington DC’s Capitol Hill. Set out with your group and guide along ...  Read more

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

From USD $20.00
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley, Washington DC, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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You haven't seen Washington DC until you've seen it at night! On this narrated evening tour, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington DC, and see ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, plus Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, plus Arlington National Cemetery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1338 Reviews

Discover Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 to 16 hrs

From USD $13.50

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