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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540-0002
Phone Number: +1 202-707-5000
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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.

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This is largest library of the world, building is very beautiful and atmosphere is also great. There is store inside also but all item were over priced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This is largest library of the world, building is very beautiful and atmosphere is also great. There is store inside also but all item were over priced.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My favorite building to explore. I would recommend taking their free docent led tour for an over view before heading out on your own. You will receive unique stories and insights that you will miss on your own. Be sure to go early for the timed tours because they do fill up. The great hall is absolutely beautiful. The ceiling... More 

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not the most exciting place to visit but we found it very interesting and how often do you get to see the original documents of the Declaration of Ind. and Bill of rights and the Constitution.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a jaw-dropping and breathtaking marbled ornate interior in the most beautiful Library in the world! WOW, a mind-blowing building all Americans should be proud of! Absolutely worth visiting many times. I was a former Librarian and wish I could have that privilege to work in this amazing/ awsome Library. Indeed a dream come true to see finally the Lib... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thanks to a Trip Advisor review, I went to have a library card made (quick process) and then my kids and I followed the underground tunnel connecting us to the main building. The building is amazing to tour for the gorgeous architecture and decorative tile/paint alone. But if you love books, you MUST go. Just incredible. The Thomas Jefferson collection,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There was a high visitor or something going on because a part was closed to the public, but still the part we did see was worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I cant say enough about this place. Everything is gorgeous and worth looking at. We only budgeted an hour or so for it, but I could have spent hours looking at all of the beauty. Plan a couple of hours and enjoy your time.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I believe you have to go through your congressman/woman to get on the list of guided tours of the LOC, but if you can manage it, it is well worth your time. you'll see more rooms of this beautiful building and understand more of the history

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Library of Congress may not be in your "Top 5" sites to see in D.C., but it should at least be in your "Top 10." A beautiful building on the outside, just gets more gorgeous on the inside. Climbing staircases of marble, ceiling frescoes as if from Italy and stained glass windows...just beautiful. The displays run the gamut from part... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The private tour is unreal and they rolled out the hebraic treasures for us as well. This is just an incredible place to be

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