Year of 2017

Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

It’s from this angle that most visitors to the US Library of Congress see the Main Reading Room in the library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. But visitors aren’t confined to the second-floor portico. The library is a public service, so as long as you’re 16 years or older, and have a Library of Congress ‘reader’ card, the Main Reading Room and other parts of the library are yours to use. Today, this lauded institution turns 217 years old, making it the oldest federal cultural institution in the country.

The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. The Library is housed in three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; it also maintains the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, which houses the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.
Address: 101 Independence Ave, Washington, D.C. 20540
Phone: (202) 707-5000
Founded: 1800 · Washington, D.C., United States
Founder: John Adams
Architects: Paul J. Pelz · John L. Smithmeyer · Edward Pearce Casey · Alfred Easton Poor
Awards: Peabody Award (2012)