Visiting the Library
We are thrilled to welcome you to the Library of Congress, America’s library - YOUR library. Visit us and discover new pathways to explore the Thomas Jefferson Building and its exhibitions. We can’t wait to see you again!
Librarian of Congress
We are looking forward to safely welcoming you back to the Library of Congress. We are taking a number of precautions to ensure the health of our visitors and staff, including new requirements that all visitors must reserve a timed-entry pass and wear a mask during their visit. We encourage you to take a moment to review our Know Before You Go page to prepare for your visit.
The Library is pleased to share new themed pathways through the Jefferson Building, clearly marked throughout our public spaces for a self-guided experience. Guided tours and tour reservations are not available at this time.
The Library is a place where you can follow your curiosity. Choose a path through the Thomas Jefferson Building that inspires you.
Concerts, Lectures & Other Events
What’s happening at the Library this month? Join us every Thursday, beginning July 8, for our Fourth Annual Movies on the Lawn Series. Check out the Calendar of Public Events and Library of Congress: Engage! for ways to connect. Stay in touch and learn more about the Library’s resources on Facebook external link and Instagram external link.
Beginning July 8, visitors with timed-entry passes will be able to view the Great Hall, the Gutenberg Bible, the Abel Buell 1784 U.S. map and the overlook into the Main Reading Room. Beginning July 15, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words”; “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote”; “Thomas Jefferson’s Library”; and “Exploring the Early Americas,” will be available to explore. Visit our virtual exhibitions to plan your route.
The Jefferson Building opened to the public with timed-entry passes on July 8, 2021. Timed-entry passes are available Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, with last entry at 3:30 pm. external link
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540
The Library of Congress is free and open to the public with timed-entry access. Reserve your timed-entry pass today external link
(202) 707-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Library of Congress buildings are fully accessible. Please indicate any ADA related needs at least five days in advance of your visit by contacting ADA@loc.gov or (202) 707-6024.