The Library of Congress Offers Tactile Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building

Date Posted: 10/18/2017

Interior view of the main reading room in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress

"Touch History" is an accessible tour that brings building details to life for visitors through their sense of touch.

The audio-described tour—"Touch History"—runs the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month on the ground floor of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building. Combined with the docent's descriptions and stories of the institution as a whole, the hands-on approach is designed to leave visitors with an enriched picture of the aesthetics of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Participants will be able to feel various shapes, wall carvings and sculptural elements.

Pre-registration through this ticketing site is recommended but not required. Participants are advised to check in at the information desk located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

The currently scheduled "Touch History" tours are as follows:

  • November 7 and 21
  • December 5 and 19

"Touch History" is being presented under the direction of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden who is taking action to make the Library more accessible to the general public.


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