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Tour Information: Visiting the Library of Congress
The Visitors' Center is located inside the west front entrance of the Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Level >> View a map

Scheduled Public Tours

Docent-led scheduled public tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Tours are limited to 50 people. For more information on guided tours, ask at either of the information desks in the Visitors' Center of the Jefferson Building, or contact the Visitor Services Office.

Group Tours

Special tours can be prearranged through the Visitor Services Office for groups of 10 to 60 participants. These tours are available only by reservation, Monday through Friday, and can begin as early as 9:00am or as late as 1:00pm.

Reserved group tours are about one hour in length (this allows time for the personal security check at the entrance and the collections security check at the exit.) Each tour is led by a docent who will touch on the following highlights: history of the Library, history of the Jefferson Building and its art and architecture, and the services the Library provides to Congress and the nation.

Please note: Because this is a lecture tour, it is not suitable for school groups younger than 5th grade. To reserve a group tour, please contact the Visitor Services Office.

Constituent Tours
Arranged Through Congressional Offices

Constituents may arrange special tours by contacting the congressional office of their representatives. The tour includes:

  • A special greeting by a member of the Visitor Services Office Staff
  • A tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building led by an L.C. docent
  • An introduction to the "American Treasures" exhibition

Yearly Schedule: Monday through Friday at both 8:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

Professional Programs

Yearly, the Library of Congress hosts hundreds of professional visitors from around the world. This group of visitors consists of library science students, librarians and information technology specialists from other national libraries, and professionals from fields ranging from government to medicine and the arts. If you are interested in requesting appointments with appropriate staff members at the Library of Congress, please contact the Visitor Services Office. Be sure to submit your request at least one month before the visit. If you are submitting your request through email, be certain to include names, titles and affiliations and specific interests of the visitors in addition to the day the date and time of the requested visit.

Public Tour Schedule:


  • 10:30 and 11:30am
  • 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm


  • 10:30 and 11:30am
  • 1:30 and 2:30pm

[Image of the Great Hall]
An image of the Great Hall in the
Thomas Jefferson Building
of the Library of Congress


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[Image of the Entrance to an Exhibition
An image of the entrance to the
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
exhibition in the Great Hall in the
Thomas Jefferson Building

  The Library of Congress >> Visiting the Library
   August 19, 2004
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