Library of Congress – Jefferson Building

Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - Photograph taken from Southwest Corner of the Intersection of Independence Avenue SE and 1st Street SE

Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - Photograph taken from Southwest Corner of the Intersection of Independence Avenue SE and 1st Street SE

The Library of Congress consists of three buildings, but the first of those buildings, the Thomas Jefferson Building, is often referred to as the Library of Congress. The other buildings are the Adams Building and the Madison Building. Click Adams Building to see the StationStart.com entry about that building.

The Jefferson Building was constructed during the years 1988 through 1894. 1.7 million people visit the Library of Congress each year. The Library of Congress Experience provides visitors with an interactive experience including the opportunity to turn pages of books from Thomas Jefferson’s library, inspect pages from the Gutenberg Bible, and view edits made in the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - Main Entrance Facing 1st Street SE

Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - Main Entrance Facing 1st Street SE

Visitors may also visit the Great Hall, the Main Reading Room and other areas. Click Library of Congress to visit the library’s website.

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is located on 1st Street SE between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. 

Closest Metro Station: The Capitol South Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest to the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The Library of Congress, occasionally referred to as the Jefferson Building, is mentioned in Chapters 46, 54, 55, 58, 59, 61, 69, 73, 80.

Facts from The Lost Symbol: The Library of Congress houses what some have called the most beautiful room in the world. The library contains 500 miles of shelves. It expands at the rate of 10,000 items per day. It contains Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection of books. It was one of the first buildings in Washington with electric lights. An underground tunnel links the Jefferson Building and the United States Capitol.


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