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Visiting the Jefferson Building

Public tours are offered of the Thomas Jefferson Building: Monday-Friday 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30; and Saturday at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30. The tours begin in the Ground Floor Visitors Center of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Information on public tours or about reserving group tours can be obtained at the Web page on "Visiting the Library" at or by calling 202-707-8000.

Information Desks are located in the Visitors Center on the ground floor of the Jefferson Building and in the main foyer on the first floor of the Madison Building. Researchers are encouraged to visit these locations to find out about the Library's exhibitions, special events and programs, and educational opportunities.


Exhibit areas in the Jefferson Building are open 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday. The first floor exhibit areas in the Madison Building are open from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturday. Other exhibition areas in the Madison Building are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Information about exhibitions and their locations is available by calling 202-707-4604 (voice) or 202-707-6200 (TTY). More information on Library on Congress exhibits, past and present, is available on the Library's website at

Sales Shop

The Library of Congress's gift shop is located in the Library's Jefferson Building in Washington D.C. The hours of the shop are 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays and all federal holidays.

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