Experience the world’s largest collection of knowledge, culture, and creativity at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The Library is open to all visitors.  Come take a tour, visit our fascinating exhibitions, and enjoy activities for kids and families – all free!

Things to Do at the Library

Jefferson Building Guided Tour

Take a free one-hour walking tour of this historic building and learn about its history, symbolic art and architecture and the Library’s history and work.

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Take an online tour

More Guided Tours

Take a guided tour on a specific topic. Themes range from music and performing arts to Thomas Jefferson to the founding of the United States.

Group & Student Tours may be reserved.


Come experience the exhibitions, installations, and gallery talks that bring to life the Library’s unparalleled collections.

View exhibitions online
For information about current Gallery Talks, please go to the Events Calendar and select "Gallery Talks".

Concerts, Lectures & Other Events

What's happening at the Library this month? Concerts, films, lectures, poetry and more. Check out the Calendar of Public Events.

Shopping & Dining

Visit the Library shop on your trip to find books, souvenirs and Library inspired gifts. The Library offers many different dining options, including a cafeteria overlooking Capitol Hill.

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Locations & Maps

Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540

Visitor Information
(202) 707-8000 or vso@loc.gov

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Volunteer Opportunities

To best serve more than 1.7 million visitors each year, we rely on more than 300 volunteers to greet and assist visitors, guide researchers, and give tours.

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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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