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Thomas Jefferson Building

Thomas Jefferson Building Public Tour Schedule

Public tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building are available on a first-come, first-served basis without prior reservations. Individuals and families with no more than 10 members may join a public tour. Inquire at the Jefferson Building, Ground Floor Information Desk for availability at least 30 minutes prior to tour time.

Notice: The Library of Congress will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1) in observance of those holidays.

Monday through Friday:

  • 9:30 a.m. (December 24, December 26-28, and December 30)
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.

Saturday:

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

NOTES:

  • On days with especially high visitation, the Library may offer a "build your own tour" experience with docents located throughout the building instead of a guided walking tour.

Additional Public Tours

Family Building Tour

  • Wednesday, December 26, 10:00 am
  • Friday, December 28, 10:00 am
  • Saturday, December 29, 10:00 am

A tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building for elementary school aged children (ages 6-12). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Capacity is 25 participants (including adults) welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate as many children as possible, adult participation may be limited to 2 per extended family group. Tours last approximately 40 minutes and leave promptly from the Jefferson Ground Floor Center Information Desk.

Family Mythology Tour

  • Thursday, December 27, 10:00 am

Experience the Thomas Jefferson Building as Mount Olympus! Discover your favorite gods, heroes and mythological characters at the Library of Congress. For ages 8-14. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult participation may be limited to two per extended family or friend group. Check in at the ground floor information desk for availability. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis. Tours are approximately 40 minutes.

French Language Tour

  • Lundi 17 décembre à 11h/Monday, December 17, 11am
  • Vendredi 28 décembre à 11h/Friday, December 28, 11am

Direction de l’Accueil du Public de la bibliothèque du Congrès propose des visites guidées en français de l’édifice Thomas Jefferson. Les visites sont limitées à 25 personnes par ordre d’arrivée. Réservez votre place 30 minutes avant le début de la visite au comptoir d’information du rez-de-chaussée. Les visites durent à peu près une heure et incluent un aperçu de l’histoire et des services offerts par la bibliothèque, ainsi que l’art et l’architecture de l’immeuble historique Thomas Jefferson. Pour les personnes en situation de handicap selon l’American Disability Act (acronyme ADA), veuillez contacter avec cinq jours ouvrables d’avance le (202) 707-6362 ou [email protected]

Spanish Language Tour

  • Sábado 15 de diciembre 1pm/Saturday, December 15, 1pm
  • Martes 18 de diciembre 11am /Tuesday, December 18, 11am
  • Viernes 21 de diciembre 1pm/Friday, December 21, 1pm
  • Sábado 29 de diciembre 1pm/ Saturday, December 29, 1pm

Centro para Visitantes de la Biblioteca del Congreso ofrecerá visitas guiadas en español del edificio Thomas Jefferson. Las visitas están limitadas a 25 personas en orden de llegada. Reserve su espacio con 30 minutos de antelación al comienzo de la visita en el mostrador de información para visitantes que está localizado en la planta baja. Las visitas duran una hora aproximadamente y abarcan un preámbulo de la historia y servicios de la Biblioteca y el arte y la arquitectura del histórico edificio Thomas Jefferson. Solicite acomodaciones del Acta de Americanos con Discapacidades (ADA, sigla en inglés) con cinco días laborables de antelación a través del (202) 707-6362 o en [email protected]

Touch History Tour

  • Saturday, December 8, 9:30 am

Visitors with visual impairments are invited to experience a walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The Touch History tour is led by a specially trained docent who uses vivid language to describe the building. Tours last about 1 hour.

What is a Library? Tour

  • Thursday, December 27, 11:00 am
  • Friday, December 28, 11:00 am
  • Friday, December 28, 1:00 pm

Learn about the Library of Congress and explore the history and significance of libraries in America and worldwide. The tour includes a hands-on discovery cart and a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Library. Check in at the ground floor information desk for availability. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis. Tours last approximately one hour.

Special Offerings

Whittall Open House

  • Friday, December 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Periodically, the Library opens the Music Division's Whittall Pavilion for public viewing. A volunteer from the Office of Visitor Engagement is on hand to describe and answer questions about the Whittall's Stradivari string instruments, flute collection and artwork. Visitors are invited to take advantage of these opportunities to experience this beautiful and intimate space.

Evolution of the Book Explore Cart

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 10:30 am-11:30 am
  • Wednesdays, extended hours, 10:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30pm -2:30 pm

Explore the evolution of books from prehistoric cave paintings to emoji and tablets. Docent’s choice of activities; examples include writing with Cuneiform on clay tablets, decoding oracle bones, practicing calligraphy with reed styluses and feather quills, or printing with metal, moveable type.

Jefferson Building Architecture Explore Cart

  • Tuesdays: 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Wednesdays: 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Explore the impact of the industrial revolution on the design and construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building; learn about architectural symbolism of the Gilded Age; touch materials and tools used to create the building that has become the heart of the Library of Congress.

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