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.