Accessibility for Visitors
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]
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., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (with no 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 in advance. To request a tour for yourself or a group at other times, contact the Visitor Services Office. Deaf staff members are also available to serve as tour guides; please request their services, preferably two business days in advance, through the Visitor Services Office.
The Library of Congress launched a new way for visitors with visual impairments to experience the Thomas Jefferson Building. Touch History is an accessible tour that brings building details to life for visitors through their sense of touch.
The verbal description tour—Touch History—will run the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month, at 8:45 a.m. on the ground floor of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building. The tours will be led by trained docents who will use vivid language to describe the building to participants. Pre-registration through this ticketing site External is recommended but not required. Participants are advised to check in at the information desk located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.
- 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.
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.
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.