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Accessibility for Visitors

Public Programs and Special Events

Please make requests to the point of contact listed on the event announcement for program details and to arrange accessible parking. A complete list of upcoming events can be found here. Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

Tours of the Jefferson Building

Please refer to the information and schedules here. For tours with accommodations, please contact the Visitor's Services Office for specific requests at (202) 707-9779 or [email protected] Public tours of the Library are currently given at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (with no 12:30 or 3:30 tour provided on Saturdays). These forty-five minute walking tours begin in the Visitors Center of the Jefferson Building.

The building is wheelchair accessible. Interpreters (American Sign Language, contact signing, oral and/or tactile) are available when requested five business days in advance.

Touch History Tours — First Tuesday and Second Saturday of the Month

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. For more information contact Visitor Services at [email protected] or 202-707-9779.

Accessible Entrances

  • Maps
  • Thomas Jefferson Building (LJ), 10 First Street SE. Enter on First Street or Second Street side of building.
  • John Adams Building (LA), Second Street and Independence Avenue SE. Enter on Second Street side of building.
  • James Madison Memorial Building (LM), 101 Independence Avenue SE. Enter on Independence Avenue or C Street entrance.
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 1291 Taylor Street NW. Enter on Taylor Street.
  • National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC), Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper VA 22701-7551. Use the main entrance.

Accessible Restrooms

The Library has accessible rest rooms as indicated by signs in each building. In the Madison building, the accessible rest rooms are in the blue (Northwest) and yellow (Southeast) corridors of the building.

Emergency Evacuations

From time to time occupants of the Library of Congress may need to relocate, shelter in place or evacuate. The Library has extensive assisted evacuation plans that include areas of refuge, evacuation chairs and use of elevators for non-fire emergencies. Police, emergency coordinators and floor wardens will give directions and coordinate assisted evacuation as needed.

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