The Library of Congress offers many exciting activities on site and online! Entrance to the Thomas Jefferson Building is free and open to the public. You may participate in a guided tour or a gallery talk, or take a self-guided tour of the building and the exhibitions.

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Self-Guided Tours

Gallery Talks for Exhibitions

Come hear a Library of Congress expert share knowledge about a treasured object or collection! Gallery talks take place almost every Wednesday at noon. For information about current Gallery Talks, please go to the Events Calendar and select "Gallery Talks"

Exhibitions on Display at the Library

See exhibitions in person or view them online.

Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture
Ongoing, opened June 11, 2010

Exploring the Early Americas
Ongoing, opened December 12, 2007

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The Library buildings are fully accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided at the Jefferson Building ground floor information desk.

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Group & Student Tours

Coming with a group larger than 10 and would like a guided tour? Advance reservations are required!

About group tours

Kids & Families

Enjoy fun activities at the Library and explore all the Library has to offer!

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Professional Visitors

If you have a professional interest in the work of the Library of Congress, we may be able to plan a customized visits for professional visitors, such as students, librarians, IT specialists, and other working professionals.

More on tours for professionals