September 18, 2015 Modified Building Access Sept. 24

Contact: Visitor Services Office (202) 707-8000
Website: General Hours of Operation | Reading Room Hours

The Library of Congress will be open on Thursday, Sept. 24, for regular business hours. However, due to the address by Pope Francis to Congress at the U.S. Capitol, public access to the buildings will be modified as outlined below:

Thomas Jefferson Building: The Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop will be closed to the public. Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will be closed. Researchers with Library issued credentials may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms, as they will be open normal hours of service. Entry is via the Southeast (2nd Street) entrance from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., as well as via tunnels from the Adams and Madison buildings of the Library. Researchers may also enter through the West Basement (Carriage) doors from 1 to 5 p.m.

All other reading rooms and exhibitions in the Madison and Adams buildings will operate under normal hours of service. In addition, all public tours are canceled on Wednesday, Sept. 23, but exhibitions and the public areas of the Jefferson Building will remain open to visitors.


John Adams Building: Open for normal operations. Entry allowed through 2nd Street doors. beginning at 8:30 a.m.


James Madison Memorial Building: Open for normal operations. However, entry will only be allowed from the Adams tunnel before noon. After 12 noon, entry will also be permitted through the Independence Ave. and C Street West entrances.


All building exits will be available for use in the event of an emergency. Normal access to the Great Hall, exhibitions and all other sections of the Jefferson building will resume at regular hours and normal operations Library-wide will resume on Friday, September 25.


PR 15-A04
ISSN 0731-3527