Public tours of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building are offered Monday through Saturday. All Library of Congress buildings are closed on Sundays; all Reading Rooms, as well as the Adams and Madison buildings are closed to the public on all Federal Holidays. Daily and holiday hours for visitors to the Great Hall and exhibitions differ (view general building hours).
Manuscript Reading Room Renovation: Please note that the Manuscript Reading Room is currently located in LM G-15, in the Library's James Madison Building. Hours of service are Mondays through Saturdays (except for Federal holidays), 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. This temporary relocationis part of a major renovation project of the Reading Room that is expected to last until December 17. Please note that some changes in service are anticipated during the time operations are in temporary quarters. See Special Notices for details and developments.
Note to researchers: Please be sure to check the hours of the specific reading room or center you plan to visit.
Building Abbreviations and Codes:
LA = Adams Building | LJ = Jefferson Building | LM = Madison Building | § By appointment only
|Reading Room / Reference Center||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday||Saturday|
|African & Middle Eastern (LJ 220)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|Asian (LJ 150)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|Business Reference Services (LA 508)||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Children's Literature Center (LJ 129) §||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||Closed|
|Computer Catalog Centers (LJ 139 / LA 500)||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Copyright Office (LM 402)||8:30a-5:00p*||8:30a-5:00p*||8:30a-5:00p*||8:30a-5:00p*||8:30a-5:00p*||Closed|
|Folklife (LJ G53)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|Geography & Map (LM B01)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|Hispanic (LJ 240)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|Law Library (LM 201)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Local History & Genealogy (LJ G42)||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Main (LJ 100)||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Manuscript (LM 101) Temporary location, LM G-15||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Microform (LJ 139B)||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Motion Picture & Television (LM 336)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|-- Motion Picture Viewing Facilities §||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||8:30a-4:30p||Closed|
|Newspaper & Current Periodical (LM 133)||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Performing Arts (LM 113)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
|Duplication Services (LA 128)||9:00a-3:00p||9:00a-3:00p||9:00a-3:00p||9:00a-3:00p||9:00a-3:00p||Closed|
|Prints & Photographs (LM 337)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|Rare Book & Special Collections (LJ 239)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|Recorded Sound Reference (LM 113)||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||Closed|
|-- Recorded Sound Listening Facilities §||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p||§|
|Science & Technology (LA 508)||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-9:30p||8:30a-5:00p||8:30a-5:00p|
* Some services end at 4:30pm
Requesting Closed-Stack Materials
For delivery of materials from closed stack collections, requests typically must be made at least one hour, and sometimes two hours, before the reading rooms close. Details are available in the reading rooms and on their home pages.
Each reading room also has a reference collection that is openly available during reading room hours.