Your Guide To The Library of Congress


While you’re in the District, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to the Library of Congress, one of DC’s top tourist spots. Here’s what you need to do during your visit.

Explore the Main Reading Room

First stop, you’ll definitely want to check out the huge, Old World main room in the Library of Congress. The expansive space is surrounded by marble walls and semi-circular windows that look out onto the Mall, making for an arresting view. Snap a few photos of the room, as this is definitely something you’ll want to remember.

Take A Walking Tour

Want to learn about the history of the Library and find out more about its history and the works it contains? Take a free hour-long guided walking tour through the Library for a fascinating insight into the building’s past. Tours are first-come, first-served, so make sure to show up early so that you and your family can enjoy.

Attend a Concert

The Library of Congress is home to a number of musical performances and lectures throughout the year. Before you head over, take a glance at the Calendar to see the exciting activities that you can catch at the Library.

Check Out The Stacks

Since the library famously has one of the largest collections of books on offer in the world, we recommend that you take advantage of it. Go hunting deep in the bookshelves to find a copy of a favorite book from high school and share it with your family for a fun afternoon activity.

See an Exhibition

In addition to its collection of books, the Library also doubles as a museum, with a rotating series of exhibitions (including, of course, the Declaration of Independence). Scope out the current offerings online and determine which exhibit to check out.