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.


The quartet performs works by Berio, Franszon and Mincek as well as regional premieres of pieces by Murail and Mochizuki. At the Coolidge Auditorium.


The German trio performs a program featuring the world premiere of Hersch's "Carrion-Miles to Purgatory: thirteen pieces after texts of Robert Lowell.". At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Nicholas Phan and Myra Huang

The tenor and pianist perform works by Rorem, Britten, Schumann and Bowles. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

The Music of Marvin Hamlisch

Capathia Jenkins, Lindsay Mendez and Ted Sperling perform the music of Marvin Hamlisch. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Pavel Haas Quartet

The string quartet performs works by Martinu and Dvorak. At the Coolidge Auditorium.


The woodwind quintet performs works by Reicha, Mozart, Barber, Lansky and others. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

The vocal ensemble performs a program of the composer-performer's works as a part of the Library's Founder's Day Weekend. At the Coolidge Auditorium.


Led by director Alexander Blachly, the ensemble performs works by Palestrina, Desprez, Ockeghem, Gabrieli and others. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Bach Collegium Japan

Led by artistic director and conductor Masaaki Suzuki, the ensemble performs works by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Michelangelo String Quartet

The chamber group performs works by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Haydn. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Led by music director Matthias Pintscher, the ensemble performs works by Berg, Ligeti, Lash and Varese as well as the U.S. premiere of Pintscher's "Profiles of Light.". At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Anne Sofie von Otter

The mezzo-soprano performs works by Part, Dowland, Monteverdi and others with organist/harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen and lutenist/theorbist Thomas Dunford. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Apollo's Fire

Led by artistic director Jeanette Sorrell, the ensemble performs works by Vivaldi and Handel with soprano Amanda Forsythe. At the Coolidge Auditorium.
10/12 - 12/7

Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell's Map of the United States, 1784

An exhibition of Abel Buell's map of the United States, the first map compiled, printed and published in America by an American. At the Jefferson Building.

Eric Ruske

The horn player performs works by Ligeti, Hindemith, Persichetti and Brahms with violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist Gloria Chien. At the Coolidge Auditorium.

Borromeo String Quartet

The quartet performs all six Bartok quartets on the Library's Stradivari instruments. At the Coolidge Auditorium.
Through 1/2/16

First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing

The history of printing in America is told through a display of documents and a copy of the Bay Psalm Book. At the Jefferson Building.

Alban Gerhardt and Anne-Marie McDermott

The cellist and pianist perform works by several 20th-century composers, including Bernstein, Britten, Barber, Piazzolla and others. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

Musicians from Marlboro

The ensemble performs works by Beethoven, Brahms and Penderecki with clarinetist Anthony McGill. At the Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
Through 3/19/16

Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues

An exhibition pairing editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block's cartoons with the works of his conservative contemporaries reveals the range of editorial opinions that came from such topics as World War II, the Red Scare, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and more. At the Jefferson Building.
Through 5/1/16

Out of the Ashes: A New Library for Congress and the Nation

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the acquisition of Thomas Jefferson's 6,487-volume library, eight items, including Jefferson's inventory list, are displayed. 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.