Monday, August 20, 2012

Library of Congress

One of my goals for vacation was to get a reader card for the Library of Congress. Guess what? I got one. And so did my daughter.

Here's the ceiling of the Reading Room.

Here's the Reading Room.

I'm perusing the second story stacks, which were amazing. I saw lots of books I could use in my novel research.

My daughter loved it and said, "I could live here."

This is one of the public areas of the Library of Congress.

After visiting, I have to say that the LoC is the most amazing library that I have ever visited. I thought it would be great, but it was better. 

If you're planning a visit, you don't have to have a reader card. You can get a lovely tour and even see into the reading room. If you do want a reading card, you have to apply at the James Madison building. And you have to give a reason for needing a card, they don't issue them for souvenir purposes. 

And now, back to real life.


  1. I'm so glad you were able to get your reader card! And wow, that library looks incredible. I would be lost in there for days.

  2. I have always wanted to visit the Library of Congress. But I want access to the super-secret level that all those conspiratists claim is there!!

  3. I'm glad that you enjoyed the Library of Congress. It sounds like a cool place to visit!

  4. Did you find the president's book from National Treasure?

  5. So awesome and beautiful! I totally want to visit. Great trip! :)

  6. The last time we were in DC advance-tickets from congressman were needed for the LoC, which we had, but it was our last day in DC and we were about toured-out, it was raining, we were wet & tired by the time we got to the bldg., so we skipped it. Hopefully we'll get another chance to visit it. Glad you all got to go!

  7. Congrats on getting your LoC card! :) I love the pictures--it looks like a really cool place.

  8. Fantastic! I was wondering if you managed to get your card. Looks like an amazing place to spend some time, and YOU have an honest-to-goodness card now! How totally cool is that?