Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson Bldg.

Monday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Capitol Hill)
Capitol South (orange/blue line) Exit station using main exit Walk approx. 2 blocks N on 1st Street SE.

National Anthem [Remix] Panel Discussion

Guests speakers discuss the history and revamping of "the Star-Spangled Banner.". At the Jefferson Building.

Poetry reading

The 2014 class of the National Student Poets Program, the nation's highest honor for youth poets creating original work, will read selections of their work. At the Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion.
Through 9/20

A Thousand Years of the Persian Book

An exhibition exploring Persia's literary tradition features illustrated manuscripts and contemporary publications. At the Jefferson Building.

Poet Laureate Charles Wright's opening reading

Charles Wright will inaugurate his tenure as the U.S. poet laureate with a reading of his work. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Mavis Staples

At the Coolidge Auditorium.

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Guest artists pianist Pedja Muzijevic and violist Hsin-Yun Huang join the quartet for an evening featuring a 1908 work by American composer Amy Beach, Korngold's String Quartet no. 3 and Beethoven's String Quartet. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

Vox Luminis

The Belgian early music vocal ensemble celebrates Italian Baroque music with a program featuring works by Scarlatti and Monteverdi. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

Ensemble Dal Niente

The Chicago-based ensemble plays Georg Friedrich Haas's "in vain" and premieres a new work by George Lewis commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress. Presented in honor of Music Division benefactor Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

The pianist presents a special recital for the Library of Congress featuring selections from Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier," as well as works by Beethoven and Brahms. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

Ensemble Caprice

The orchestra performs sacred and secular music in a program featuring "Hanacpachap cussicuinin," an anonymous hymn written in Quechuan that is the oldest polyphonic piece published in North America. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

The President's Own United States Marine Band

The USMB's Woodwind Quartet plays works by Fine. Part of the Irving Fine Centennial Festival. At the Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion.

Chiara String Quartet with Simone Dinnerstein

Joined by violinist Simone Dinnerstein, the Grammy-nominated quartet performs works by Irving Fine, Mozart and a Library of Congress commission by Jefferson Friedman using the Library's Stradivari instruments. Part of the Irving Fine Centennial Festival. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

Irving Fine Centennial Symposium and World Premiere Performance

Following a discussion of composer Irving Fine's life and work by scholars and experts, pianists Oliver Hagen and Daniel Pesca and clarinetist Alan R. Kay and the Chiara Quartet perform Copland's Sextet and Fine's "Toccata Concertante," transcribed for two pianos. Part of the Irving Fine Centennial Festival. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

The Choir of Clare College

The Cambridge, U.K. choral group makes its Library of Congress debut with a program featuring Irving Fine's "The Hour-Glass," "Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland" (Set 1) and "A Short Alleluia," as well as works by Bernstein, Monteverdi, Britten/Harrison and Schoenberg. Presented with Songs of America, the concert is part of the Irving Fine Centennial Festival. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

Jan Vogler, cello, Mira Wang, violin, and Antti Siirala, piano

In honor of teacher and violinist Roman Totenberg, his former student, Wang, and artists Vogler and Siirala perform chamber works by Beethoven, Harbison and Tchaikovsky. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
Through 12/12

Permanent collection

The largest library in the world and the oldest in the U.S., the Library of Congress houses millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. At the Jefferson Building.

Antonio Stradivari Anniversary Concert

St. Lawrence String Quartet Project performs the Library's annual Antonio Stradivari Anniversary concert with a program featuring Schulhoff's Five Pieces for String Quartet, Beethoven's String Quartet and Mozart's G-minor string quartet, which they will perform with violist Hsin-Yun Huang. At the Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion.
11/6 - 1/19/15

Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor

A 75-item display held in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta highlights its creation, reinterpretation and emergence as a document of constitutional law in the United States. At the Jefferson Building.
9/16 - 1/24/15

American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years

A tribute exhibition for the ballet company features around 45 items including historical images, music, designs and choreographic notations. At the Madison Building.
Through 3/21/15

Herblock Looks at 1964

The current installation in the Library of Congress's ongoing display of 10 original drawings by cartoonist Herbert L. Block. At the Jefferson Building.
Through 9/12/15

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom

With more than 200 items on display, two new films and 10 audiovisual stations with news and documentary footage, this exhibition highlights the first major civil rights law passed by Congress after Reconstruction. At the Jefferson Building.

Editorial Review

The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill, of which the Thomas Jefferson Building (1897) is the original. The Library began in 1800 inside the U.S. Capitol.