“The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.”
Public Programs and Special Events
"Please make requests to the point of contact listed on the event announcement for program details and to arrange accessible parking. Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance.
For tours with accommodations, please contact the Visitor's Services Office for specific requests."
"The Library has accessible rest rooms as indicated by signs in each building. In the Madison building, the accessible rest rooms are in the blue (Northwest) and yellow (Southeast) corridors of the building."Mobility accessibility features:
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Lift access to all levels
- Wheelchair hire available
- Accessible toilet
"The Library buildings are fully accessible.
The Ground Level/Driveway entrance of the Jefferson Building is the designated ADA entrance for visitors.
Wheelchairs are available for loan while you are in the building. Please go to Ground Floor Information Desk where you will be asked to deposit a photo identification when you borrow a wheelchair.
Elevators provide access to all floors."
Vision accessibility features:
- Thomas Jefferson Building (LJ), 10 First Street SE. Enter on First Street or Second Street side of building.
- John Adams Building (LA), Second Street and Independence Avenue SE. Enter on Second Street side of building.
- James Madison Memorial Building (LM), 101 Independence Avenue SE. Enter on Independence Avenue or C Street entrance.
- National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, 1291 Taylor Street NW. Enter on Taylor Street.
- National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC), Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper VA 22701-7551. Use the main entrance.
- Audible or braille signage
- Audio description services
"Visitors with visual impairments are invited to experience a walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The Touch History tour is led by a specially trained docent who uses vivid language to describe the building. Tours last about 1 hour. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information."
"The updated and expanded website of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) helps the organization fulfill its mission of providing free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents reading or holding the printed page.
The BARD Mobile app is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress that provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)."Hearing accessibility features:
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
"Interpreters (American Sign Language, contact signing, oral and/or tactile) are available when requested five business days in advance."