Library of Congress, Washington DC

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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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  • My husband and I recently visited the Library of Congress. We had free pre-arranged tickets that I recieved from the website. We arrived at 6:15 on a Thursday (late night is Thursday). Security was... 
    My husband and I recently visited the Library of Congress. We had free pre-arranged tickets that I recieved from the website. We arrived at 6:15 on a Thursday (late night is Thursday). Security was...  more »
  • A unique place. If you are visiting D.C then it is a must see attraction. The level of security is high. You'll get the chance to navigate the history of America and enjoy the old world maps, and... 
    A unique place. If you are visiting D.C then it is a must see attraction. The level of security is high. You'll get the chance to navigate the history of America and enjoy the old world maps, and...  more »
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  • You need tickets to get in. They don't cost any money, they're just there to limit the amount of people inside. So make sure you get tickets! It's beautiful! The architecture and paintings are amazing! And there are plenty of tours and people around who can give information about various exhibits or items on display. If you're in DC I highly recommend attempting to visit
  • Worth visiting. It is fascinating to see the Gutenberg Bible. And view into the reading room. The building has lots of really cool mosaics on the floor. Various interesting things in the staircases and ceilings as well. Nice views of the Capital grounds from the windows.

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