Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

March 6, 1995

Library of Congress Expands Public Tours, Adds Ticketing System for Visitors

Beginning March 27, the Library's daily escorted public tours for visitors will be expanded from three to four a day, and all visitors who wish to take a tour will be required to have tickets. This pilot project will continue through Sept. 30. The Library hopes to expand the number of escorted visitor tours in 1996.

Free tickets for the one-hour guided tours, which will be offered Monday through Friday at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., will be available up to 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the tour from the Information Desk in the lobby of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave, S.E. The tours are limited to a maximum of forty people. There are no tours on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.

Groups of ten or more should call the Visitor Services Office six months in advance at (202) 707-9779 to schedule a tour.

All public tours include an introduction to the newly renovated Great Hall and Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Although the Great Hall has been open for guided public tours since 1992, the Jefferson Building will not be open to the public in its entirety until the Spring of 1997. The Main Reading Room in the Jefferson Building continues to be available for research; readers should enter the building through the northeast door on Second Street S.E.

The 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. Thursday public tours offer the services of a sign-language interpreter. Other interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of a visit. Call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, contact the Disability Employment Program Office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

A 22-minute general orientation film (open captioned) on the Library is shown every half-hour Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Visitors' Orientation Theater, located in Room LM-139 (first floor) of the Madison Building. No tickets are required to view the film.

The Library of Congress has several telephone numbers with recorded information that may be helpful to visitors who are planning a trip to the Library.

  • Visitor information and exhibition hours, (202) 707-8000
  • Directions on how to reach the Library, (202) 707-4700
  • Research advice, (202) 707-6500
  • Sales Shop, (202) 707-0201
  • Telephone number for hearing impaired, (202) 707-6200 TTY

All Library of Congress buildings are closed on Sunday.

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PR 95-030
ISSN 0731-3527

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