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Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Free admission
101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington D.C., 20540

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 It is a working research library, and you can view historical documents and books in any of the 22 reading rooms.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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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It was an amazing trip. ...
Dawn_R, Aug 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
It was an amazing trip. Guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Paul was just awesome Both the capital and library of congress were gorgeous
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The Capital of United States
Jeremy_F, Aug 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
The Capital is the best part of Washington and great place to go to visit. Has a lot of history in the capital that you might in joy.
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Excellent and thoughtful...
Nancy_K, Aug 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Excellent and thoughtful guide. Called us when we were a few minutes late to check on us to see if we were still attending
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Easy
Amy_M, Aug 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Loved my Capital and Library of Congress tour ! Viator made it so easy to navigate. Thank you, Paul!!
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Liam was a great tour...
Bart_P, Aug 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Liam was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable about our history as well as current events. My husband and I loved the Library of Congress.
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Seeing the branches of Government.
Gary_E, Jul 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Seeing the inside of the Capital Building with its history and statues. Then seeing all of the books inside the Library of Congress
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Great tour of the Capitol.
Stanley_M, Aug 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Very informative and front of the line entry. Was a very good tour. Our tour guide was great and added many facts.
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Tour guide was great and...
Stella_P, Jul 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Tour guide was great and really brought the Library of Congress to life! He was informative and knowledgeable.
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An Inside Point of View
Starla_J, Jul 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Great tour with a guide who was knowledgeable and clearly loved the capitol and Library of Congress. He also provided great local dining tips. We had an excellent time!
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Gain so much more by taking a tour
laurence_f, Aug 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Willing to talk about related things to do with the workings of the Congress, altogether an excellent afternoon spent.
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An excellent tour
Carrie_P, Jul 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
I highly recommend this walking tour with insightful commentary and interesting details. Our tour guide shared a wealth of information about the Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress.
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Fantastic tour with great guides!
Lee_G, Jul 2022
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
This was one of the best tour I’ve ever been on. The tour guide was very informative and when even went beyond the time limit. Highly recommend!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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