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One of mankind's knowledge marvels
The Library of Congress is nation’s oldest cultural institution and the largest library in the world. Its three buildings contain more than 100 million items and receives some 22,000 items each day to store among the 535 miles of bookshelves.
The library was founded in 1800. Originally housed in the Capitol, the library moved to it’s permanent location in 1897. Public tours of the Library of Congress depart from the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building daily.
To get your bearings in such a huge facility, it’s best to orient yourself with the 20-minute film shown in the ground floor visitor’s center.