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Library of Congress
Washington DC’s Library of Congress is the world’s largest library and keeper of the nation’s most important historical documents. It houses more than 160 million items, including maps, manuscripts, films, and prints. Its more than 30 million books line miles of bookshelves in three different buildings—and many are not on public display.

The Basics
Impressive, stained glass windows and sculptures in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building welcome you to the Library of Congress. It is a working research library, and you can view historical documents and books in any of the 22 reading rooms. Guided tours can help you navigate the massive collection, and you can tailor them to specific points of interest or simply to get a varied overview of the collection. Alternatively, visit the Jefferson Building independently and enjoy its stained glass ceiling, marble columns, mosaics, and paintings. 

The library is included on many guided sightseeing tours of DC, and is in close proximity to other attractions on and near the National Mall. Hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours let you see many monuments in less time, and can help make the vast scale and number of sights in the capital more manageable.

Thing to Know Before You Go
  • The Library of Congress is a must for history and literature buffs.
  • Visitors aged 18 or older with a valid ID can use the library.
  • As a research library, documents are available for visitors to look at within the library but may not be checked out.
  • The Jefferson Building’s visitors center has a multimedia information kiosk.
  • Washington DC has extreme seasons and weather. Check the forecast and dress accordingly.
  • All library buildings are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Resources and services such as sign-language interpretations and touch tours are available; inquire in advance or upon arrival.

How to Get There
The Library of Congress is located on Independence Avenue, just east of the Capitol, next to the Supreme Court building. The nearest metro station is Capitol South, and the library is also easily accessible by bus and on foot from many major DC attractions.
 
When to Go
The Thomas Jefferson Building is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday; hours at the James Madison Memorial and John Adams buildings are typically from 8:30am to 9:30pm Monday through Saturday but vary daily. All buildings are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Madison Building hosts occasional concerts and film screenings. Check the LOC website for up-to-date information on events and opening hours.

National Digital Library
The Library of Congress offers an online service that gives participants access to thousands of documents, maps, musical scores, photographs, and texts of famous speeches. Desks in the Jefferson Building’s Main Reading Room are wired for laptops, where you can peruse the vast digital archive on your own computer.
Address: 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington D.C. 20540, USA
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Library of Congress Guided TourCultural Tours

Library of Congress Guided Tour

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Get a holistic overview of one of Washington DC’s top attractions on a 2-hour guided group tour of the Library of Congress. Listen to live narration as you walk around the Minerva Mosaic, Thomas Jefferson's Library, and the Great Reading Room in the world's second largest library. You also see a wide range of iconic American memorabilia, including George Gershwin's grand piano and Bob Hope's joke file.
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U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walking TourWalking Tours

U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walking Tour

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Explore the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill on a 2.5-hour small-group walking tour limited to just eight people. You'll enjoy reserved access to the Capitol for a docent-led tour, plus take a tour of the Library of Congress before heading outside for a stroll around the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Learn about American history, admire impressive architecture, and more on this Washington D.C. excursion.
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Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxWalking Tours

Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Take a 2.5-hour tour of one of the most powerful country’s governments as you explore Capitol Hill with a guide. See the main buildings, including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Go into the main reading room of the Library of Congress, and catch sight of an original Gutenberg Bible. Also, during your tour, see the Statue of Freedom.
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Best of DC Including US Capitol, National Archives Reserved Access, White House and Lincoln MemorialViator VIP Tours

Best of DC Including US Capitol, National Archives Reserved Access, White House and Lincoln Memorial

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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi UpgradeHop-on Hop-off Tours

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol EntryBus & Minivan Tours

Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

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See the U.S. Capitol Building and Washington DC landmarks on a half-day guided tour in a climate-controlled shuttle bus. Save time with reserved entrance to the Capitol building, take in the sites along the National Mall, see the White House, and pass a series of iconic presidential and war memorials. This DC tour begins and ends at central locations by the National Mall, and offers a great introduction to the city’s highlights.
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Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking TourCity Tours

Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by TrolleyNight Tours

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated, 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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Follow the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Washington DC” on this carefully curated tour based on the newspaper’s popular column. You and your guide will visit the Library of Congress, drink in bars haunted by local pols, taste some of the city’s best food and learn about local politics through guided commentary. This tour accommodates a small group of just 12 travelers or fewer, which ensures each participant personalized attention from the guide.
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Take a spooky stroll through Washington DC on this guided walking ghost tour. Visit one of the most haunted buildings in the world—the United States Capitol Building—as well as the Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. Hear the stories of feuding ghosts of past lawmakers, haunted souls surrounding the Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, the phantoms of past presidents and the curse that surrounds everything on Capitol Hill. It’s a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight TourSuper Savers

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions — like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold or platinum pass, then board at any of the 17 stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided, 2.5-hour, moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US VeteranPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
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Perfect Private Day Tour with Breakfast and LunchPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Perfect Private Day Tour with Breakfast and Lunch

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Explore all Washington, D.C. has to offer on a full-day private tour. See where the country’s lawmakers spend a lot of their time at the Capitol Building and stroll by the White House. Then head to the National Mall to spot a number of the country’s most famous monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard a Potomac River cruise before viewing some of the country’s most important documents, like the Constitution, at the National Archives.
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Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress Guided Tour - Private TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this walking tour of Washington, D.C. Visit the highlights and landmarks of the nation's capital, such as the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress, and others.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and MemorialsHop-on Hop-off Tours

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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Half Day DC Cherry Blossom TourBus & Minivan Tours

Half Day DC Cherry Blossom Tour

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Experience springtime in Washington DC on a 4-hour tour of the city’s key landmarks and blooming cherry trees. You’ll get the perfect overview and orientation to the sites around the Mall, see the White House, and tour key presidential and war memorials, at a season when the Tidal Basin and National Mall are transformed by thousands of pale pink flowers. Travel by climate-controlled shuttle bus on a guided tour that begins and ends in central DC.
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Washington DC iconic sights and monumentsHistorical & Heritage Tours

Washington DC iconic sights and monuments

Our hand crafted itineraries lay out a paced and logical format to sightseeing in Washington, D.C. Everyone has something unique they want to see or to do on their Washington, D.C. visit. We organize our itineraries by themes making them easy to search. We also customize our tour to the needs of our travelers
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by VanPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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Washington DC Downtown Small Group Day TourHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Downtown Small Group Day Tour

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Explore the famous sites of downtown Washington DC on this guided, 4.5-hour, small-group tour. Hop on an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the US nation’s capital. See the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and many other landmark locations. Also, stop at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for lunch (not included) and the White House Visitor Center.
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Washington DC: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill TourWalking Tours

Washington DC: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour

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Get an insider take on DC politics, history, and landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour of the Capitol Hill neighborhood that concludes in a beloved local pub or cafe. You’ll see the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress while chatting about current American politics and policy along the way. This 2-hour Capitol Hill walking tour is limited to 12 people for a personalized experience and offers an up-to-date immersion in America’s historic capital city.
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Washington D.C Small Groups Day TourCultural Tours

Washington D.C Small Groups Day Tour

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Take in panoramic views of Washington DC's monuments, museums, and memorials during this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, a great choice for first-time visitors. See the Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. Learn about the nation's capital with commentary from your in-the-know guide and enjoy plenty of photo ops.
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese OptionPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private, 4-hour tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the US nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials and monuments. See the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and many other landmark locations. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus TourFull-day Tours

Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, small-group sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a Dodge Sprinter van and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous monuments and memorials, featuring the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many other landmark locations. A variety of lunch options (own expense) will be made available.
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by VanPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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