Are there restrictions on personal belongings at the Library of Congress?

Can visitors and researchers bring bags, jackets and other personal belongings into the Library of Congress buildings and research areas?

To ensure the security of the collections, all of the Library's reading rooms restrict the items a researcher may bring with them, to varying degrees. The Personal Belongings Restrictions webpage provides general guidelines on personal property restrictions in all Library buildings as well as information on slightly modified restrictions for the Library of Congress John Adams building

As policies differ for different reading rooms, researchers should consult the various reading room home pages for more details. Cloakrooms are available for checking personal belongings on the ground floor of the Jefferson Building (LJ G08 and adjacent to the Visitors' Center) and on the first floor of the Madison Building (LM 140).

Some reading rooms also provide lockers for researchers to secure their belongings.

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2020
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