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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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08:30 - 16:30
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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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The Amazing Architecture May Outweigh the Wisdom Contained Within

If you're a book nerd or into research or history, this place is for you. If you're into beautiful architecture and design, this place is for you. We took a guided tour and... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

If you're a book nerd or into research or history, this place is for you. If you're into beautiful architecture and design, this place is for you. We took a guided tour and wandered throughout the building - it was amazing. Amazing isn't even quite the right word to describe both the knowledge (books, films, etc.) contained here nor the... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

First time visiting the Library, it is so beautiful. It holds all of the historical bibles of our founding fathers that presidents can request to use when sworn in.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

What a stunning place. The exterior is calm and white but once you walk pass through Security and enter the main hall you are met with breath-taking art work and mosaics off set with cool white marble, allow time to look and absorb, there is a lot to take in. We saw the reading room from a viewing gallery, an... More 

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Grain Valley, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

This tour must be set up through your congressman's office. Our tour guide was Ira and he knew his history pretty well. I learned alot from him.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

When I say the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, I mean it! It is a MUST SEE if you go to Washington DC. It is the largest library in the world and houses the personal library of Thomas Jefferson. It also hosts various temporary exhibits, amazing marble statues, mosaic tile floors and... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

I have always enjoyed visiting the Library of Congress, but during my last visit I was lucky enough to attend a dinner reception held in the Great Hall and had the opportunity to spend time taking in the intricate details of this gorgeous building. Too often people quickly walk through the building, head to the Main Reading Room viewing area... More 

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

We had visited the Capitol Building and therefore were able to take an underground passage to the Library of Congress, Beautiful building, we spent a few hours strolling around and reading all the information provided. The Jefferson Library is very impressive, loved the historical information, the bibles were unbelievable and beautiful, the wall painting georgeous and the reading room looked... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

This is worth visiting just to look at the central hall, the white columns and the intricate mosaics on the ceilings. You can also look at the Guttenburg Bible. There are also a number of exhibitions. It is all free, so just wonder in and take a look.

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Reviewed 12 June 2016

You have to visit and admire the beautiful interior. Make sure you also go upstairs and view the reading room. There is a tunnel from the Library of Congress to the US Capitol so you can bypass the another security check.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio
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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

I learned more about the architecture than I needed to know, but that is what you get when you take a tour. Also learned many facinating things about the largest library in the world. I was inspired to get a library card. I had to go to the Madison Building, but it only took 10-15 minutes. Next visit to DC,... More 

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