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Library of Congress
Washington DC’s Library of Congress is the world’s largest library and keeper of the nation’s most important historical documents. It houses more than 160 million items, including maps, manuscripts, films, and prints. Its more than 30 million books line miles of bookshelves in three different buildings—and many are not on public display.

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 It is a working research library, and you can view historical documents and books in any of the 22 reading rooms.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

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.

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.
 
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.

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.
Address: 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington D.C. 20540, USA
Admission: Free
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Stretch Limo private DC Tours

Stretch Limo private DC Tours

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Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Stretch Limo Tour is for up to 14 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Hummer Limo DC Tours

Private Hummer Limo DC Tours

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Hummer Limo Tour is for up to 15 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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Private Mercedes Sprinter Van DC Tours

Private Mercedes Sprinter Van DC Tours

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Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Mercedes Van Tour is for up to 14 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Executive mini bus DC Tours

Private Executive mini bus DC Tours

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Executive mini bus tours is for up to 32 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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Private Mercedes Sprinter Van DC Tour

Private Mercedes Sprinter Van DC Tour

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Mercedes Van Tour is for up to 14 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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Library of Congress Guided Tour

Library of Congress Guided Tour

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Get a holistic overview of one of Washington DC’s top attractions on a 2-hour guided group tour of the Library of Congress. Listen to live narration as you walk around the Minerva Mosaic, Thomas Jefferson's Library, and the Great Reading Room in the world's second largest library. You also see a wide range of iconic American memorabilia, including George Gershwin's grand piano and Bob Hope's joke file.
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Washington DC Christmas Lights Walking Tour

Washington DC Christmas Lights Walking Tour

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Every year Washington DC comes alive with the most-festive decorations you can see. Discover the most-unique Christmas Trees and decorations that most people do not even know about. Enjoy the beautiful lights, decorations, Christmas Trees and much more. In this easy walking tour, you will experience three hours of taking photos, learning about the history of Christmas in Washington DC as well as enjoying some of the best holiday decorations you will ever see.
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Day or Night Private DC Sightseeing Tour

Day or Night Private DC Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Washington D.C.’s most important destinations with a fully-customizable, 4 or 5-hour private sightseeing tour for your group of 6 to 14 people. Work with an experienced guide to tailor the itinerary to your interests, and visit the city’s landmarks, memorials and museums. Enjoy convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off within the D.C. beltway and beyond in a comfortable minibus. Finish your tour with return transfer to your hotel, or make the most of your time in the capital by heading directly to one of the D.C. airports.
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  • 4 hours
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Monumental Electric Bike Tour

Monumental Electric Bike Tour

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Washington DC’s historic center spans a large area and can be difficult to see on foot. This electric bike tour allows you to cover more ground and cycle past highlights such as the Smithsonian museums, the Capitol Building, the White House, and Tidal Basin. With a motor to assist as you pedal, you’re free to concentrate on the city’s notable sights and listen as your guide points out hidden treasures you might not notice on your own.
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Washington DC Guided Tours

Washington DC Guided Tours

The Best Washington DC Private Tour is fully customizable and can range from 4hrs to multiple days. This tour includes a premium vehicle(s) of your choice, dedicated professional chauffeur(s), and the best accredited tour guide available. Enjoy access to a number of DC's most intriguing museums and iconic historical sites. We are committed to providing an enriching once in a life time experience in our nation's capital city.
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Capitol Hill Tour

Capitol Hill Tour

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Spend a day learning about how the country’s lawmakers run the United States on a full-day tour of Capitol Hill. Learn about the history of the U.S. as you tour the inside of the Capitol Building, including the Senate and House of Representatives if Congress is in session, peruse thousands of books and documents at the Library of Congress, and visit the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
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Private Washington DC Day or Night SUV Tour

Private Washington DC Day or Night SUV Tour

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

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Get an overview of Washington, DC’s architecture, landmarks, and political powerhouses during a small-group walking tour led by a local guide. Learn about the elegant plan that underlies the present-day city as you visit sights from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Supreme Court and Library of Congress.
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  • 2 hours
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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private Tour

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private Tour

Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this private, 5-hour tour of the National Mall and Capitol Hill. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the Capitol Hill area, and see the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Statue of Freedom.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill

Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill

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Learn about America’s history on a half-day private tour of the National Archives and Capitol Hill. Peruse the Archives and get a closer look at some of the nation’s most important original documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Then stroll through the Capitol Hill area and listen to your guide recount the history of D.C., from a swamp to the capital of the United States of America.
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Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - 8ppl Max

Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - 8ppl Max

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Immerse yourself in United States history with a visit to the National Archives and a walking tour of Capitol Hill. Explore with a small group (max 8 people) and a guide. See the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, and personal letters written by George Washington and John F Kennedy. Then embark on guided tour of Capitol Hill taking you past the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court. This tour goes beyond the tourist sights and offers visitors in depth context and history.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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DC: 'New York Times Journeys' Walking Tour with Beer, Cheese and Wine Tasting

DC: 'New York Times Journeys' Walking Tour with Beer, Cheese and Wine Tasting

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Follow the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Washington DC” on this carefully curated tour based on the newspaper’s popular column. You and your guide will visit the Library of Congress, drink in bars haunted by local pols, taste some of the city’s best food and learn about local politics through guided commentary. This tour accommodates a small group of just 12 travelers or fewer, which ensures each participant personalized attention from the guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour

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Get an insider take on DC politics, history, and landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour of the Capitol Hill neighborhood that concludes in a beloved local pub or cafe. You’ll see the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress while chatting about current American politics and policy along the way. This 2-hour Capitol Hill walking tour is limited to 12 people for a personalized experience and offers an up-to-date immersion in America’s historic capital city.
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  • 2 hours
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Half Day DC Cherry Blossom Tour

Half Day DC Cherry Blossom Tour

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Experience springtime in Washington DC on a 4-hour tour of the city’s key landmarks and blooming cherry trees. You’ll get the perfect overview and orientation to the sites around the Mall, see the White House, and tour key presidential and war memorials, at a season when the Tidal Basin and National Mall are transformed by thousands of pale pink flowers. Travel by climate-controlled shuttle bus on a guided tour that begins and ends in central DC.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Washington DC Jeep Tour

Private Washington DC Jeep Tour

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Tour Washington DC at your own pace on this private tour in a customized 4-wheel-drive vehicle. You and your group of up to four people will enjoy personalized attention and commentary from a private guide, who will work together with you to determine your itinerary. Choose to hit all of the highlights or focus on an aspect of history and politics that interest you.
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  • 3 hours
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Capitol Hill Walking Tour With National Archives Entry

Capitol Hill Walking Tour With National Archives Entry

Take a walking tour of the historic grounds of Capitol Hill and explore the foundation of the American government with an expert local tour guide. Your experience begins at the illustrious Neptune Fountain where you will meet your tour guide before taking a very short walk to the Supreme Court of the United States. Enter the Library of Congress to observe its stunning interior-architecture and learn about its historic collection of books, exhibits, and documents. Next, you will proceed to the United States Capitol Visitor Center to enjoy a guided walk through the US Capitol Building. See the Crypt, Statuary Hall, and the remarkable Rotunda located within its famous dome. Enjoy a nice walk to the National Gallery of Art where your guide will provide details of the building and its history. Your tour will conclude at the National Archives where you will have reserved access to see the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and much more at your leisure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
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Capitol Hill and Eastern Market Guided Walking Tour with Earpiece for Audio

Capitol Hill and Eastern Market Guided Walking Tour with Earpiece for Audio

The Capitol Hill is the summit of American Democracy-literally and figuratively. The Capitol was built on Jenkins Hill, the highest elevation on the National Mall. The U.S. Capitol Building, the majestic symbol of modern democracy is our starting point. After a tour of the Capitol, we will visit the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress with its amazing testimony to “Life Long Learning”. Next stop, the U.S. Supreme Court for a picture stop and contemplation of ‘Equal Justice Under Law.’ Behind these monumental buildings is the lively, historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. We will explore the beautiful architecture, parks, and the engaging stories of life ‘on the Hill.’ The tour ends at the historic Eastern Market where old and new come together in a truly Washingtonian vibe. Enjoy the variety of foods and melding of cultures in this colorful historical public market. Lets embrace life and have an unforgettable moment in our Nation's Capitol. ComeSmileWithUs!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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