Library of Congress

National Book Festival

The 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can expect enhanced safety and security measures when entering the Convention Center.

Author Stages

Dozens of authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, poetry, contemporary life, science and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival. A Main Stage of 2,000 seats will feature some of the most popular festival authors.

Library of Congress Pavilion

At the Library of Congress Pavilion you can explore the workings of the world’s largest library. The Library of Congress Pavilion offers a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways the Library brings its extraordinary resources to people everywhere.

Family-Friendly Activities on the Expo Floor

The exposition floor on the lower level of the Convention Center will offer an array of fun and exciting activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages. Festival sponsors will offer family-friendly activities throughout the day, in addition to book signings, book sales and food service.

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Getting Here

The National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center is conveniently located near the Mount Vernon Square Metro subway station on the Yellow/Green lines. For additional information and route planning, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority web site at (external link).

There are more than 3,000 parking spaces in a three-block radius of the facility. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the DC Convention Center site (external link).

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ASL interpreting services will be provided in all author stages during scheduled events. The Accessibility & Information station will offer access to ASL interpreters, assistive listening devices (ALDs), large-print programs, braille programs and other special services.