Visiting the Library of Congress is a must when in The District. Housing an immense collection of books, photographs, films, maps, recordings, and other artifacts. A plus - it's free to visit!

The Library of Congress was established in 1800 by an act of Congress when President John Adams. The initial funding of the library was $5,000.00, about $119,380.95 today.

Construction on the building which houses the library that we see today began in 1873 and was completed in 1897. It was built in the Italian Renaissance style.

It is home to some of the world's oldest and most important works of literature, art, music, and film.

The Library of Congress holds a wealth of historical documents, photographs, maps, and other artifacts in its special collections, like this Gutenberg Bible.

It will take approximately 1.5 hours to take a self-guided tour of the library. Be prepared to walk approximately ½ mile. Swipe up to learn more.