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Directions to the Library of Congress and FRD

The map of the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC

The map of the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC
is courtesy of the DC Heritage Tourism Coalition

The Library of Congress is located on Capitol Hill in southeast Washington, D.C. It comprises three buildings that are adjacent to each other:

  • Thomas Jefferson Building, located across the street from the U.S. Capitol
  • James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave, SE
  • John Adams Building, 2nd St, SE
Because of very limited on-street parking, we recommend Metro transportation as the easiest way to reach FRD offices.
For driving directions, see link:

By Subway (Metro):

The two closest metro stops to the Library are:

  • Capitol South - ORANGE and BLUE lines
  • Union Station - RED line

The closest of these is Capitol South, which is located diagonally across the street from the James Madison Building. Upon exiting the Capitol South station, half a block uphill to the corner of 1st and C Sts, SE is the James Madison Building. Across Independence Ave, SE on1st St, SE is the Thomas Jefferson Building. Directly behind the Thomas Jefferson Building on 2nd St, SE is the John Adams Building. The only public entrance to the John Adams Building is on 2nd St, SE.

Upon exiting Union Station, walk south on 1st St, NE towards the U.S. Capitol. This route will take you past the Russell and Dirksen Senate office buildings and the U.S. Supreme Court before you reach the Thomas Jefferson building on the left (east) side of 1st St, SE. This walk will take approximately fifteen minutes. The John Adams Building is on the left side, across 2nd St, right behind the Thomas Jefferson Building.

The Federal Research Division (FRD) is located on the fifth floor of the John Adams Building. Visitors report to

 Mailing address:

Federal Research Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540-4840

Phone:      202-707-3900
Fax:          202-707-3920
E-mail:      [email protected] 
Website:   // 

John Adams Building, Fifth Floor
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