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Library of Congress Tours

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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Washington DC’s Library of Congress is the world’s largest library and keeper of the nation’s most important historical documents.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 It is a working research library, and you can view historical documents and books in any of the 22 reading rooms.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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Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

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Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this walking tour of Washington, D.C. Visit the highlights and landmarks of the nation's capital, such as the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress, and others.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.14
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 3 hours
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$45.00
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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$49.00
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Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
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  • 4 hours
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Capitol Hill, Supreme Court & Library of Congress Small Group Tour

Capitol Hill, Supreme Court & Library of Congress Small Group Tour

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Take a 2.5-hour tour of one of the most powerful country’s governments as you explore Capitol Hill with a guide. See the main buildings, including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Go into the main reading room of the Library of Congress, and catch sight of an original Gutenberg Bible. Also, during your tour, see the Statue of Freedom.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$328.77
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$369.87
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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  • 3 hours
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$46.00
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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$410.96
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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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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$69.00
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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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$49.00
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Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

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See the highlights of the capital on a Washington DC express tour that whisks you around the city by van or minibus. A knowledgable guide provides informative commentary about DC’s major landmarks such as the White House and the US Capitol Building. During your 2-hour tour, starting from Capitol Hill, you’ll get a comprehensive overview in a short time. Select the night tour and see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial illuminated after dark.
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  • 2 hours
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$77.06
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

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Get a first class private tour with our professional chauffeurs, past major landmarks on this tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this 4-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night. Washington DC night tour by state-of-the-art luxury 5-passenger SUV Admire Washington DC’s major attractions and monuments floodlit at night Professional chauffeur will stop at each landmark so you can walk through each attraction.
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  • 4 hours
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$427.68
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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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$59.00
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
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  • 12 hours
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$400.69
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Take a spooky stroll through Washington DC on this guided walking ghost tour. Visit one of the most haunted buildings in the world—the United States Capitol Building—as well as the Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. Hear the stories of feuding ghosts of past lawmakers, haunted souls surrounding the Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, the phantoms of past presidents and the curse that surrounds everything on Capitol Hill. It’s a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$20.55
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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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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

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Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this 5-hour combo 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.90
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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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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$143.10
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$143.10
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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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  • 7 hours
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$508.57
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