March 19, 2008 Thomas Jefferson Building Special Closures April 3 - 11
Contact: Visitor Services Office (202) 707-0910
The Great Hall, exhibitions and Sales Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed from Thursday, April 3 through Friday, April 11 in preparation for the opening of a new Library of Congress Experience for visitors. Ceremonies to celebrate the debut of the new Library of Congress Experience will begin at 11 a.m. on April 12. The Great Hall and exhibitions will reopen after the noon ribbon cutting. From April 3 – 11, all public tours are cancelled. Previously scheduled and reserved tour groups have also been cancelled; however, on April 10 and 11, the Visitor Services Office will run reserved and constituent tours on its normal schedule. Previously scheduled public programs will continue as planned with access through the Southeast doors for daytime events and through the Carriage Entrance for evening concerts in the Coolidge Auditorium. The West Front Carriage doors to the Thomas Jefferson Building will be closed to the public, staff and researchers. Researchers and staff will have access to all Jefferson Building reading rooms through the Southeast entrance or via the tunnels from the John Adams and James Madison Memorial buildings. Staff and readers may exit the building via the Northeast doors or the building tunnels. The Congressional Reading Room will remain open to members of Congress and congressional staff members who may enter through the Southeast entrance. The Southeast entrance will also be available for persons with disabilities. All building exits will be available for use in the event of an emergency. Signs regarding this closing will be posted outside the Library’s Jefferson, Adams and Madison buildings informing readers of the closing and directing them on the best way to enter the Jefferson Building. Once in the Jefferson Building, signs will direct staff and readers to the reading rooms they wish to use. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause our visitors and researchers.