We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540-0002
Phone Number:
+1 202-707-5000
Today
08:30 - 16:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
Description:

Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it...

Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 89.99*
and up
Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour
More Info
USD 156.00*
and up
Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van
More Info
USD 156.00*
and up
Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 6,421 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4164
    Excellent
  • 904
    Very good
  • 195
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
OUTSTANDING

Talk about history and the building this was just awesome. We watched congress in action but just touring the building and seeing the inside and the architecture was incredible... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
katwat01
,
Horn Lake, Mississippi
Add Photo Write a Review

6,421 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 5,304: English reviews
Horn Lake, Mississippi
Level Contributor
93 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Talk about history and the building this was just awesome. We watched congress in action but just touring the building and seeing the inside and the architecture was incredible. A must see.

Helpful?
Thank katwat01
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

knowledge is power! The staff is very nice and courteous, always ready to inform, to help. Have seen one of the three only existing Gutenberg Bible was breathtaking. Thomas Jefferson's personal book collection is also impressive. It is worth to see the first edition of books like "Gone with the Wind", "Moby Dick" and many many more.

Helpful?
Thank crisnathercia
Willis, Texas
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Did you know there are tunnels between the capitol building and between the three buildings dedicated to the library of congress? Not only were the museum exhibits one of a kind, I was shown the cafeteria on the 6th floor of the Madison building. Beautiful view of the city. Memorable meal.

Helpful?
Thank Robertson820
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take the tour guided by a docent ! My wife and I do it at least once a year - this is the one tour on which we always accompany our visiting guests. We never tire of the architectural majesty and the history contained in this site. And anyone over 16 CAN READ THERE: if you want to read, go... More 

Helpful?
Thank William O. B
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit! The library is architecturally beautiful, and the history is very interesting. I would say this is a must if you come to D.C.

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was very excited to go to the Library of Congress. Photos cannot do it justice. It has beauty and an interesting history. There are free guided tours. I went in peak of summer season so make sure to get there early to secure a spot on the tour.

Helpful?
Thank Elizabeth M
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
104 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must-see. Try to get upstairs first to view the reading room and then work your way down the steps. There is an excellent exhibit of Jefferson's original library.

Helpful?
Thank nytraveller2020
Fairfax, Virginia
Level Contributor
398 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not your typical visit in DC, since you need to keep quiet and you aren't allowed to read the books. However if you want to do some serious research, walk across the street and get a readers card (might make a nice souvenir)

Helpful?
Thank majiksea
Maryland
Level Contributor
130 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour of this building is one of the most beautiful buildings in the US. Most tourist miss seeing this amazing building. A must see for any visit to DC

Helpful?
Thank columbiatraveller
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Truly beautiful, very cool to see the first printed books, and great sculptures and paintings. Breathtaking!

Helpful?
Thank Natalie D

Travellers who viewed Library of Congress also viewed

 

Been to Library of Congress? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Library of Congress and other visitors
11 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (11)

Questions? Get answers from Library of Congress staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?