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Visiting the Library

We’re so excited to welcome you back to the Library of Congress. We continue to take precautions to ensure the health of our visitors, staff and volunteers, including requirements that all visitors reserve a timed-entry pass and remain socially distanced from individuals outside of their party during their visit. We encourage you to take a moment to review our Know Before You Go page to prepare for a safe and enjoyable visit.


  • The Library is pleased to share a digital pathway through the Thomas Jefferson Building for your self-guided experience. Guided tours are not available at this time.

    The Library is a place where you can follow your curiosity – in addition to the digital guide, roaming volunteers are available to share information and answer your questions while you are on-site.


  • Visit our virtual exhibitions page to learn about the collections that will be on display for your visit. Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words closes on May 31, 2022 – be sure to enjoy these rarely seen materials before the exhibition closes.

Visitor Hours

Beginning April 5, 2022, the Thomas Jefferson Building is open to visitors every Tuesday through Saturday. Daily hours are listed below:

  • Tuesday | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday | 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., last entry at 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Note: With the exception of Thursdays, last entry at 4:30 p.m.

Closed Sundays, Mondays, Thanksgiving, & Christmas

All visitors must reserve timed-entry passes external link in advance. A limited number of same-day passes are made available each open day at 9:00 a.m. An individual can reserve up to ten timed-entry passes for their visit.


The Library of Congress is free and open to the public with timed-entry passes. Reserve your timed-entry pass external link today


Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540

Directions and arrival


Groups larger than 10 must contact prior to reserving passes. Group reservations may be made up to 60 days in advance.

Visitor Information

Our Visitor Engagement Office team is here to help you plan your visit. Please contact us at (202) 707-9779 or with your questions.