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Great Hall

Take a free one-hour walking tour of the historic Thomas Jefferson building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture. Volunteer docents tell the story of the Library, America’s oldest cultural institution: its history, collections, and services for Congress and the nation.

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Public Tour Schedule

Public tours are offered without prior reservations and are meant for individuals and families and groups with no more than 10 participants. Inquire at the Jefferson Building, Ground Floor Information Desk for availability.

Monday through Saturday:

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. (except Saturdays)

On federal holidays, the first tour begins at 9:30 a.m.

For the public tour schedule, check the Event Calendar.


The Thomas Jefferson Building is located on First Street SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. For the tour, please check at the Ground Floor Information Desk for availability.


Visitor Services Office: (202) 707-8000 or

Group & Student Tours

Group tours are offered for 10-60 people from your organization or school (fourth grade and above).

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Kids & Families

A family tour of the Jefferson Building is offered during holidays and peak periods. Times vary depending on docent availability and families in attendance. No reservations are required. Inquire about tour availability in the Jefferson Building, Ground Floor desk.

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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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