Event Special Events Live! at the Library

Date and Location

Part of Live at the Library

The event is free, but tickets are required, and there may be special restrictions. Click the "Get Tickets" link below for more information and to secure your ticket.

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building is open for extended hours every Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour snacks and drinks available for purchase in the Great Hall while immersing themselves in the Library’s exhibits, collections and programs. The series will regularly feature special conversations, music, performances, films and displays that showcase the broad range of holdings at the national library.

During Live! At The Library, we also welcome visitors to experience the Library’s grand Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Usually reserved for credentialed researchers, this access offers visitors a glimpse inside one of Washington’s most beautiful spaces. Visitors may access the Main Reading Room on the First Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building each Thursday beginning at 5 p.m.

Visitors to the Main Reading Room are encouraged to be mindful that it is a working research space and that the experience is one of quiet reflection. Visitors will be permitted to take photos of the space but may not photograph researchers at work. Bags and coats are not permitted on the floor of the Main Reading Room.

Timed-entry passes are required for entry to all Live! At The Library programming in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Reserve your timed entry pass. Select programs with limited capacities may require a separate registration for entry. Please review the event page for each program to confirm the entry requirements.