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Originally founded by the third President of the USA Thomas Jefferson, the Library of Congress has the largest collection of books in the world. It is housed in 3 buildings on Capitol Hill – Thomas Jefferson Building (which has the Main Reading Room and Great Hall), John Adams Building, and James Madison Memorial Building, along with the Packard Campus in Virginia. Also known as the Jefferson Library, it has over a whopping 38.6 million books and printed materials including incunabula, manuscripts, maps, monographs and serials, music, newspapers, and technical reports. Highlights include a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, a Gutenberg Bible from the Black Forest region, the Betts Stradivarius, the first known book printed in North America – 'The Bay Psalm Book from 1640, cuneiform tablet from 2040 BC, and one of the oldest examples of printing in the world – passages from a Buddhist sutra printed in 770 AD.

About Library of Congress

 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

 Nearest Transit: Capitol South (Blue Line, Orange Line & Silver Line)

 +1 202-707-5000

Library of Congress and Nearby Attractions on Map

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National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art(1.4 km)
The staggering depth and breadth of the world-class collections here are a clear testament to U.

United States Capitol

United States Capitol(0.6 km)
Nestled on a plateau in Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington DC, the Capitol is a power centre, home to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History(1.8 km)
The real show stoppers here are the gargantuan, complete dinosaur fossils, and you won't have to search to find them! Further into the museum you'll find displays of world cultures, meteorites, mineral samples, and the evolution of life from beginnings to today.

National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum(1.3 km)
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum houses the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is one of the most visited museums in the world.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court(0.1 km)
The awe-inspiring Neoclassical Supreme Court Building is the seat of the hallowed institution of the Supreme Court of the United States and the nerve center of the Judicial Branch of government.

National Portrait Gallery USA

National Portrait Gallery USA(1.9 km)
The renovation is the talk of the town.

National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum(1 km)
The Smithsonian's own philatelist Shangri-La has one of the world's largest collections of rare stamps, as well as exhibitions of how mail has been delivered throughout history, and other ways that the mail shapes culture.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum(1.9 km)
The collection here is a walk through encyclopedia of American Art-Gilbert Stuart's stern presidential portraits through Nam June Paik's house-sized America sculpture of neon and televisions.

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