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Group & Student Tours

The Library of Congress will introduce a curtailed seasonal schedule from June 15, 2020 through September 4, 2020. Reserved introductory group tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building will not be available during this time. Small groups of 10 or fewer are welcome to join any of the public tours on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dear Library of Congress Enthusiast,

Out of an abundance of caution and to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be CLOSED to the public and researchers beginning Thursday, March 12, 5:00 p.m. until further notice. Please check for updates. We will process all tour requests when the Library reopens to the public. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Library of Congress at a future date.

Visitor Engagement Team

Student Tours

The guided tour is recommended for students 4th grade and above. Student group guided tours must have one chaperone for every eight students. Chaperones must accompany students at all times and maintain order.

Schedule a Group Tour

Tours for groups of more than 10 participants are available by advance reservation only.

  • Group tour requests for The Thomas Jefferson Building Tour are accepted for groups of 11 to 60 participants.
  • Group tour requests for Exhibitions are accepted for groups of 10-20 participants.
  • All tour requests are accepted no more than three months in advance, but should be submitted at least two weeks prior.

Dates and times for tours are dependent on docent availability. Your group does not hold a reservation until you receive a confirmation email with complete details. The Visitor Services Office will send an email confirming or denying your tour request within two business days.

To request a group tour, please complete the group tour request form .

If your tour group has any special needs or foreign language requirements, please contact the Visitor Services Office (

For questions about reserved group tours, please email

Special Notes for Tour Groups

All docent-led tours must begin on time. Groups must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time in order to pass through security. Groups arriving late may find their volunteer docents no longer available.

To ensure that your group's visit goes smoothly, please review the Library's Guidelines & Tips for Visitors before coming to the Library.

For those interested in research at the Library of Congress, please visit the Research and Reference Services page. To register as a researcher, please visit the Reader Registration page.

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