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Inside the Library of Congress

This gallery contains interior views of the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. The building was finished in 1897 after 26 years of construction. Its interior is decorated in the ornate Italian style. You have to join a public tour to be able to access and photograph most areas in the building, and research areas are off-limits for photography. Unfortunately, that includes the central area beneath the rotunda, but there are plenty of other interesting views to capture. I tried to get the clearest images I could given low light, no tripod, and a decision not to use flash. This gallery is dedicated to Barbara Read and Fred Schaad, whose fine photo of the LOC motivated me to visit it.
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Ceiling & Upper Balcony, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Ceiling & Upper Balcony, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Rear View of Unnamed Female Figure & Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Rear View of Unnamed Female Figure & Upper Balcony.jpg
The Wise Owl, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor Hallway.jpg
The Wise Owl, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor Hallway.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Second Floor, Ceiling Mosaic.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Second Floor, Ceiling Mosaic.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Floor Detail, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Floor Detail, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling, Stairway, & Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling, Stairway, & Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Stairway View.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Stairway View.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork & Columns.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork & Columns.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Arched Window & Ceiling Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Arched Window & Ceiling Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building,  Archways &  Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Archways & Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Balcony Artwork, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Balcony Artwork, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Balcony Artwork, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Balcony Artwork, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork & Columns, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork & Columns, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Decorative Arch Support.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Decorative Arch Support.jpg
Library of Congress,Thomas Jefferson Building, Floor Detail, #2.jpg
Library of Congress,Thomas Jefferson Building, Floor Detail, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Another View, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Another View, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Balcony Artwork, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Balcony Artwork, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Ceiling Stained Glass Panels.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Ceiling Stained Glass Panels.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Marble Archway.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Marble Archway.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Stair Ballustrade, Inset Bust.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Stair Ballustrade, Inset Bust.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upper Balcony, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upper Balcony, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upstairs/Downstairs.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upstairs/Downstairs.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, View Up the Stairway to the Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, View Up the Stairway to the Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor, The Golden Hallway of Dreams.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor, The Golden Hallway of Dreams.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Marble Archway & Artwork.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Marble Archway & Artwork.jpg
Gilded Ceiling, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Entryway to the Great Hall, #1.jpg
Gilded Ceiling, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Entryway to the Great Hall, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upper Balcony, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upper Balcony, #2.jpg
Library of Congress,Thomas Jefferson Building, Marble Archway & Pastoral Painting.jpg
Library of Congress,Thomas Jefferson Building, Marble Archway & Pastoral Painting.jpg
Gilded Ceiling, #2, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Entryway to the Great Hall.jpg
Gilded Ceiling, #2, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Entryway to the Great Hall.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Painting of the Goddess Minerva.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Painting of the Goddess Minerva.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Pastoral Painting  & Ceiling Artwork.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Pastoral Painting & Ceiling Artwork.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Arched Window & Ceiling Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Arched Window & Ceiling Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Arched Window & Floor.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Arched Window & Floor.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Balcony Artwork, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Balcony Artwork, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling & Upper Balcony, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling & Upper Balcony, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Columns & Archways & Floor.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Columns & Archways & Floor.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork & Columns, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork & Columns, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork, & Columns #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Artwork, & Columns #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Main Door & Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Main Door & Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Another View, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Another View, #2.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Rear of Unnamed Figure.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Rear of Unnamed Figure.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Stairs & Columns, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Stairs & Columns, #1.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Ceiling Mosaics.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, View Up the Stairway to the Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, View Up the Stairway to the Upper Balcony.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upstairs/Downstairs.jpg
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, Upstairs/Downstairs.jpg