My family toured the Library of Congress last weekend, with alumni from Juniata College, our daughter’s alma mater.
The Library of Congress is in downtown DC, just behind the Capitol building (next to the Supreme Court). The LOC spans multiple buildings, but the one open for free tours is the Jefferson Building. The historic building now houses many exhibits, as well as a concert hall and a public reading room.
The building is gorgeous and we saw it in its holiday finery.
I enjoyed seeing the Gutenberg Bible and the Bay Psalm Book, along with lots of other Bibles and religious books. They have a great pamphlet you can take home. I also enjoyed seeing the St. John’s Bible displayed. It called to mind the wonderful weeks I’ve spent in Collegeville, MN at St. John’s Abbey.
For me, another highlight of the tour was the Thomas Jefferson Library. When the original Library of Congress burned down, Jefferson donated his personal library, and that library has been recreated in a circular exhibit. Jefferson is a complicated and fascinating historic figure. How thrilling to stand and be surrounded by his books! (Check out the quote at the top of the display.)