Library of Congress

National Book Festival

For the safety and enjoyment of festival patrons, event staff, authors, sponsors and volunteers, the Library of Congress has instituted safety-screening protocol that will be in place at the 2017 National Book Festival.

What to Expect

  • There will be four public entrances open at the Washington Convention Center; The main building entrance at Mount Vernon Place; the corner of M Street and 7th Street; and L Street South; and L Street North. All other doors will be exit only.
  • Upon entering the Washington Convention Center at any point during the festival, all guests will be subject to bag searches. This will also apply to reentrance throughout the course of the day.
  • After clearing the bag check area, guests will be able to move freely around the Washington Convention Center.

Tips for 2017 National Book Festival

  • Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The Festival Expo floor including Book Sales opens at 8:30 a.m.
  • Festivalgoers should arrive early to the Washington Convention Center to allow enough time to adjust to the festival’s new safety protocol.
  • Festivalgoers are only permitted one bag per person, in addition to a handbag or purse. Strollers with children are permitted, but no wheeled luggage is allowed.
  • To avoid problems or confusion, the Library of Congress recommends festivalgoers reduce the items they bring to the festival.
  • There will be no place to store or check items such as coats.
  • Download the National Book Festival app for the most up-to-date information prior to and during the festival.

Non-Permitted Items

  • Dangerous weapons such as firearms (and their replicas), fireworks, explosives, knives of any size, pointed objects, razors and box cutters, stun guns, pepper spray, mace and martial arts weapons (note: active duty law enforcement with proper credentials may carry their weapons)
  • Aerosol containers
  • Any items that bring to question public safety deemed problematic by law enforcement