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The Library of Congress is a fun and interesting place for kids and families. Go on tours, visit exhibitions, use the interactive kiosks , and visit the Young Readers Center. Whatever the age, the Library has many fun activities to offer!

Activities for Kids & Families

Thomas Jefferson Building Tour
Take a free walking tour of this magnificent building and learn about its history, art and architecture, and the work and history of the Library of Congress.

During peak visitation periods, the Library offers family tours ideal for kids aged six to fourteen. Family tours are scheduled based on docent availability and number of families present. Reservations are not required. Find out if a Family tour is being offered by asking at the desk in the Jefferson Building, Ground Floor.

View our full public tour schedule. For more public events, check the Event Calendar.

Young Readers Center
Open a book and you open the door to a new world. The Young Readers Center (Room LJ-G29), a place designed especially for young people, welcomes children, teens and adults. Here you can bring your child to read books or participate in a story time (suitable up to age eight). The Center is open Mon. to Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the Young Readers Center

Self-Guided Tours

The Civil War in America The Civil War in America is on display November 12, 2012–June 1, 2013.
View it online

Walk through the exhibitions on display at the Library or visit the online exhibitions

Activity Sheets

Print this activity sheet and take it with you to complete at the Library.

Spot the Hidden Animals in the Thomas Jefferson Building (PDF, 192KB)


The Library buildings are fully accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided at the Jefferson Building ground floor information desk.

More on accessibility