Library of Congress, Washington DC

With nearly 7,000 books added to its collection every day, Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, established in 1800 to prove to the world that the United States was a cultured country. The library's nearly 850 km (530 mi) of shelves hold 32 million books and 61 million manuscripts. Boasting the largest rare book collection in North America, the library also houses one of only three remaining vellum copies of the famous Gutenberg Bible. Dedicated to organizing information from the past three centuries, this institution preserves approximately 1 million newspaper issues, 500,000 microfilm reels, 5 million maps, 3 million sound recordings, and nearly 15 million prints and photographic images. Start your quest for knowledge at the visitor center, where you can arrange for a guided tour of the reading rooms. Arrange to visit Library of Congress and other attractions in Washington DC using our Washington DC holiday planner .
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  • The capital is full of amazing and incredible buildings but the Library of Congress was one of the most beautiful buildings both from the inside and the outside. The colorful arches, and the beautiful...  more »
  • We visited the Library of Congress after the Capitol Tour. We did not plan on going there but it was an easy walk via the underground tunnel. It was a pleasant surprise with a lot of history and cultu...  more »
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  • Review from Spring 2013. Walking right across the tunnel from Capitol you end up in the library of congress, which is the best way to get here. Once you are in the library, the Capitol building feels to far away from within. The art on the walls and the high ceilings are just so amazing, there are tours available as well, however I could not get on one due to shortage of time.
  • As the Library is connected to the Capitol visitors centre, it makes sense to combine the two on your visit. The gallery is a must see looking down into the reading room. Some of the exhibitions are detailed and informative. The building itself is stunning, with marble floors, staircases and beautiful plasterwork ceilings
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