Library of Congress

The focus of this immense library – the greatest accumulation of information and images in the world – is the magnificent Jefferson Building. Its main reading room is one of the most captivating spaces in the city, gleaming with its recently refurbished decorations. Collections encompass many subjects – the law library is especially notable, as are materials and books relating to Africa, the Middle East, and the rest of the world. In addition there are collections of comic books, jazz recordings and memorabilia, photography, films, and television broadcasts.

  • 1st St, SE, between Independence Ave and E Capitol St

  • 202 707 5000


  • Open 10am–5pm Mon–Fri; tours: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm Sat 10:30am, 11:30am, ...

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