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Notice: Holiday closure schedule for researchers and visitors, Nov. 2021-Jan. 2022. More

Visiting the Library

We are thrilled to welcome you to the Library of Congress, America’s library - YOUR library. Visit us and discover new pathways to explore the Thomas Jefferson Building and its exhibitions. We can’t wait to see you again!

Carla Hayden
Librarian of Congress

We are looking forward to safely welcoming you back to the Library of Congress. We are taking a number of precautions to ensure the health of our visitors and staff, including new requirements that all visitors must reserve a timed-entry pass and wear a mask during their visit. We encourage you to take a moment to review our Know Before You Go page to prepare for your visit.


  • The Library is pleased to share new themed pathways through the Jefferson Building, clearly marked throughout our public spaces for a self-guided experience. Guided tours and tour reservations are not available at this time.

    The Library is a place where you can follow your curiosity. Choose a path through the Thomas Jefferson Building that inspires you.


  • Beginning July 8, visitors with timed-entry passes will be able to view the Great Hall, the Gutenberg Bible, the Abel Buell 1784 U.S. map and the overlook into the Main Reading Room. Beginning July 15, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words”; “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote”; “Thomas Jefferson’s Library”; and “Exploring the Early Americas,” will be available to explore. Visit our virtual exhibitions to plan your route.

Reading Rooms

  • On-site research is now available! As of June 1, limited Reading Rooms are available to credentialed researchers by appointment only. Learn more about resources available to researchers. Have a question? We encourage you to contact a specialist through Ask a Librarian.

Visitor Information

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