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Visiting the Library

Concerts, Lectures & Other Events

  • What's happening at the Library this month? Concerts, films, lectures, poetry and more. Check out the Calendar of Public Events.

    For information about current Gallery Talks, please go to the Events Calendar.

Reading Rooms

  • The Library's reading rooms are organized by subject, language & format. Before visiting, find out about hours, policies & services for each room.


  • The Library offers many different dining options, including a cafeteria overlooking Capitol Hill.

Volunteer Opportunities

To best serve more than 1.7 million visitors each year, we rely on more than 300 volunteers to greet and assist visitors, guide researchers, and give tours.

Become a volunteer


The Library buildings are fully accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided at the Jefferson Building ground floor information desk.

More on accessibility for visitors

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