Library of Congress, Washington DC

With nearly 7,000 books added to its collection every day, Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, established in 1800 to prove to the world that the United States was a cultured country. The library's nearly 850 km (530 mi) of shelves hold 32 million books and 61 million manuscripts. Boasting the largest rare book collection in North America, the library also houses one of only three remaining vellum copies of the famous Gutenberg Bible. Dedicated to organizing information from the past three centuries, this institution preserves approximately 1 million newspaper issues, 500,000 microfilm reels, 5 million maps, 3 million sound recordings, and nearly 15 million prints and photographic images. Start your quest for knowledge at the visitor center, where you can arrange for a guided tour of the reading rooms. Arrange to visit Library of Congress and other attractions in Washington DC using our Washington DC holiday planner .
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  • The name of the place is misleading, and that is the problem with how much time to allocate. The library tour, best arranged ahead of time, is an excellent start. But then there is so much more. There...  more »
  • This is must visit place in Washington DC. Very attractive architecture. Reading room is very good..  more »
  • Beautiful architecture and Jefferson's Library is not to be missed. The best thing about the Library of Congress is that you can do it before or after the Capitol Building tour and not have to go thro...  more »
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  • Much more than a typical library- didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as we did! The architecture and art alone made it worth visiting. Jefferson Library exhibit was awesome - had no concept of how many books he had before seeing it. Definitely recommend taking a group tour - you’ll learn a lot. Great experience not only for adults but also school age children. We allotted only about two hours for our visit, could have easily spent 3 - 4 here.
  • This was actually a really enjoyable place, but it got a tad bit boring throughout the whole thing. There wasn’t much for kids to do except stare at the walls maybe. But art in the place was absolutely amazing. The walls were painted beautifully and the ceiling had an amazing design to it. The main halls were incredible and the exhibits were informative with real historical artifacts from people, like Martin Luther. You could see the reading area where the members of Congress would sit and read, but it was a rather limited view.
  • Stunning. Grand. Amazing!! The building is marvelous! Colors and architectural details are everywhere, it's overwhelming. When I visited, there was an awesome exhibit on sketches drawn by court reporters from noteworthy trials and cases. A must see. Go immediately!!!
  • Brilliant place to visit! If you're coming from the Capitol make sure you use the underground tunnel to avoid having to go through security again. Not just an ordinary library - amazing books, paintings, architecture. We joined a free guided group of one of the exhibitions and she was so knowledgeable and answered any questions we had.
  • The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors. Whether you are new to the Library of Congress or an experienced researcher, we have a world-class staff ready to assist you online and in person. I encourage you to visit the Library of Congress in person in Washington, D.C., explore the Library online from wherever you are and connect with us on social media.

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