I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Know What This Was!


Who knows what the domed structure to the right of the Capitol is? After learning what it was I was super embarrassed. Does anyone regularly use it?

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  • I have actually been to the top and was able to look down. It was very impresive.

    I would highly recomend anyone who has not been to the LOC, that you go and visit.

  • Vonstallin

    My Ex and 2 of my friends work there. Well 2 at that building and one across the street.
    never been beyond pull up driveway.

  • Take the tour–the guides are incredibly knowledgeable about the design and architecture!

  • LOC?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Library of Congress

  • Library of Congress. I interned there and felt like a ninja traveling in the tunnels between buildings.

  • Used to use it all the time in High School and then for a few jobs that were heavy on research…I should use it more often now, but I just don’t have time to do the intensive reading I would like to.

  • It’s the Thomas Jefferson LOC building

  • As opposed to the James Madison or John Adams

  • That is a gorgeous building. Definitely worth wading through the tourists to take a guided tour.

  • I used it in college. They have all these old newspapers on microfilm there which are amazing to just browse through.

  • Great (and Free) recital series there. Mostly chamber music, some jazz- so I guess only music dorks need apply…

  • You didn’t know the LOC Jefferson building? Great cafeteria! Use your House or other Gov ID and get a discount 🙂

    Yes, be embarrassed. That is pretty bad.

  • Well everyone has already piped in but that is the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and I have used it – of course I work there as well (I work in the Adams Building but still…..).

    And yes with a reader registration card it can be used by anyone – however, we don’t check material out it has to be used on site.

  • I didn’t know it was called the Jefferson Building of the LOC; I just call it the Library of Congress. Remember the scene in the old All The Presidents Men movie, where Woodward & Bernstein (Redford & Hoffman) are looking through book slips and the camera shoots up to the ceiling, as they’re inside the reference hall? What a gorgeous building.

  • You can register at the Madison building & get a “verified reader” card. No, there is no reading test but the card gives you access to the main reading room. Pretty amazing place and I second the recommendation to take the library tour.

  • You can see more at http://myloc.gov/ExhibitSpaces/Pages/Default.aspx It’s much better to see in person though. If you’re 16 and older and have a picture ID, you can get a reader registration card (a.k.a Library card) in the Madison Bldg and be able to use most of the 22 reading rooms (for free of course). It’s a not to miss place!

  • I took a class in college at American called Art and Architecture – DC and the World. The symbolism in this building is amazing. If you stand at the street looking at it, there is a fountain displaying mythological gods and creatures, then as you climb the stairs there are statues and mosaics depicting higher forms of understanding until you reach the top of the second level and there is a mosaic there depicting either knowledge or wisdom or something (it;s been a while). It’s totally cool, so next time you go, pay attention!

  • years ago a friend and i use to travel the tunnels/hallways during our lunch hour that move under all these buildings. we worked on the hill. once we came out in this building in a room that was closed off the the public. it was pretty cool.

  • Went there all the time when I was a starving post-grad living on the Hill. You name an obscure book and they’ve probably got it somewhere. And if they don’t, they know where to find it. The reading room is gorgeous and, unlike most public libraries, the homeless contingent is fairly low and people are there to READ and not talk on their cellphones.

  • We’re having special evening hours Feb. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. for the opening our new Lincoln Bicentennial exhibit.

    It will be AWESOME — probably the most amazing collection of Lincoln artifacts in one place at one time, including:

    • The Lincoln Inaugural Bible upon which the 16th president took his oath of office on March 4, 1861. Barack Obama swore the Oath of Office upon the same Bible on Jan. 20, 2009.

    • A draft of the Gettysburg Address that Lincoln gave his personal secretary John Nicolay. It’s believed to be the earliest copy that exists.

    • The contents of Lincoln’s pockets the night he was assassinated including two pairs of spectacles and lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, his linen handkerchief and brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note and newspaper clippings (several favorable to the president and his policies).

    • The final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation that Lincoln presented to his full cabinet on July 22, 1862.

    • Lincoln’s Farewell Address penciled as he boarded the train in Springfield, Illinois, en route to Washington, DC.

    • Lincoln-Douglas Debates Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, compiled by Lincoln.

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