Events at the Library of Congress

Saturday April 20, 2024

Tuesday April 23, 2024

  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin

    Tuesday
    April 23, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    George and Ira Gershwin Room
    Experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who helped provide a musical background to the period. The exhibition contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into their careers and personalities, including manuscript and printed music, lyric sheets and librettos, correspondence, photos, paintings, and drawings, all from the Library's Gershwin Collection,...
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Join In: Voluntary Associations in America

    Tuesday
    April 23, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    South Gallery
    This major exhibition examines the longstanding impulse of Americans to join together for common purposes such as fellowship, charity, professional growth, emergency services, societal reform and community building.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Display

    Tuesday
    April 23, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ-200-E)
    This display includes material from the Library’s collections that highlights the work of each of the past Gershwin prize recipients as well as the 2024 recipients, songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    "Not an Ostrich" and Other Images from America's Library

    Tuesday
    April 23, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Southwest Gallery
    A major exhibition organized by the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and drawn from the photo collections of the Library of Congress, "Not an Ostrich" presents a taste of this institution’s spectacular holdings of more than 14 million images. Photos reproduced for this exhibition, made between 1839 and today, trace the evolution of photography, from daguerreotypes and other early processes to contemporary...
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Sakura: Icon of Spring

    Tuesday
    April 23, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ-200-E)
    For more than a hundred years, cherry blossoms have signaled the arrival of spring in Washington, DC. They have become symbols of peace and friendship between the United States and Japan. This display, "Sakura: Icon of Spring", features the Library of Congress’s extensive Sakura collections and a new book on the subject.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Thomas Jefferson's Library

    Tuesday
    April 23, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Southwest Pavilion
    Take a trip through this major exhibition, a re-created version of Jefferson’s library, which assembles 6,487 volumes that founded the Library of Congress, and learn how one of America’s greatest thinkers was inspired through the world of books.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Experience the Main Reading Room

    Tuesday
    April 23, 2024
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
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    Main Reading Room
    The Library of Congress welcomes visitors to experience its grand Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Usually reserved for credentialed researchers, this access will offer visitors a glimpse inside one of Washington’s most beautiful spaces.

Wednesday April 24, 2024

  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin

    Wednesday
    April 24, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    George and Ira Gershwin Room
    Experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who helped provide a musical background to the period. The exhibition contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into their careers and personalities, including manuscript and printed music, lyric sheets and librettos, correspondence, photos, paintings, and drawings, all from the Library's Gershwin Collection,...
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Join In: Voluntary Associations in America

    Wednesday
    April 24, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    South Gallery
    This major exhibition examines the longstanding impulse of Americans to join together for common purposes such as fellowship, charity, professional growth, emergency services, societal reform and community building.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Display

    Wednesday
    April 24, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ-200-E)
    This display includes material from the Library’s collections that highlights the work of each of the past Gershwin prize recipients as well as the 2024 recipients, songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    "Not an Ostrich" and Other Images from America's Library

    Wednesday
    April 24, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Southwest Gallery
    A major exhibition organized by the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and drawn from the photo collections of the Library of Congress, "Not an Ostrich" presents a taste of this institution’s spectacular holdings of more than 14 million images. Photos reproduced for this exhibition, made between 1839 and today, trace the evolution of photography, from daguerreotypes and other early processes to contemporary...
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Sakura: Icon of Spring

    Wednesday
    April 24, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ-200-E)
    For more than a hundred years, cherry blossoms have signaled the arrival of spring in Washington, DC. They have become symbols of peace and friendship between the United States and Japan. This display, "Sakura: Icon of Spring", features the Library of Congress’s extensive Sakura collections and a new book on the subject.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Thomas Jefferson's Library

    Wednesday
    April 24, 2024
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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    Southwest Pavilion
    Take a trip through this major exhibition, a re-created version of Jefferson’s library, which assembles 6,487 volumes that founded the Library of Congress, and learn how one of America’s greatest thinkers was inspired through the world of books.
  • Event | exhibits and tours

    Experience the Main Reading Room

    Wednesday
    April 24, 2024
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
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    Main Reading Room
    The Library of Congress welcomes visitors to experience its grand Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Usually reserved for credentialed researchers, this access will offer visitors a glimpse inside one of Washington’s most beautiful spaces.

Thursday April 25, 2024

  • Event | special events

    Live! at the Library

    Thursday
    April 25, 2024
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall
    The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions will be open for extended hours on Thursdays. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks and food available for purchase in the Great Hall and the Jefferson Building’s beautiful architecture while immersing themselves in the Library’s exhibits, collections and programs.
  • Event | courses and workshops

    Live! at the Library: Preservation Week

    Thursday
    April 25, 2024
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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    Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ-200-E)
    Come join Preservation staff and celebrate Preservation Week by learning about projects at the Library and taking part in games and activities.
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Live! at the Library: Powerful Arts Collaborations: Artists & Cultural Leaders in Conversation

    Thursday
    April 25, 2024
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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    LJ 119
    Celebrated artists Helen C. Frederick and Phil Sanders and cultural leaders Juanita and Mel Hardy will discuss the powerful benefits of collaborative art and ways to leverage artists’ stories that expand fresh American narratives.
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Live! at the Library: An Evening with George Saunders

    Thursday
    April 25, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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    Members Room (LJ-162)
    At this event, 2023 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner George Saunders will give the annual lecture associated with the Prize, followed by a conversation with the Library's Literary Director Clay Smith.