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Events at the Library
Book talks, poetry readings, screenings of classic films, presentations by authors, scholarly symposia, and live concerts in all genres, from classical to folk to jazz and rock—all free and open to you when you visit the Library in Washington.
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Tours & Activities
The Library of Congress offers hour-long, fully accessible docent-led tours of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Professionally trained docents tell the story of the Library-America’s oldest cultural institution-by talking about its history, its collections (including the Gutenberg Bible), and the services provided to Congress and the nation.
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Visit the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress—the largest library in the world and the oldest U.S. federal cultural institution—offers the new "Library of Congress Experience." The Experience is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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The Thomas Jefferson Building now features exhibitions and installations that bring the Library’s unparalleled collections to life. Whether you are in Washington, D.C., or at home, let the Library of Congress take you on a unique and personal journey through history.
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Library of Congress Discovery Guide for Kids and Families
Use this guide to explore the Thomas Jefferson Building and its architecture, learn about the Library's history, and discover fascinating exhibitions.
Family Guide to LOC Exhibitions (PDF, 1MB)