This tour covers Washington's libraries that have been historically-designated over the years. Some of the libraries on this tour are internationally-recognized places of research, such as the Library of Congress and Folger Shakespeare Library, with their large and distinctive collections. In addition to these well-known institutions, this tour will highlight some of the public libraries found throughout the city's neighborhoods.
These library branches serve Washingtonians on a daily basis, whether it is the student working on a school project or the local resident looking for the latest best-selling novel. Finally, one stop on the tour -- the Central Public Library, which was funded by Andrew Carnegie -- is no longer a library. It was recently repurposed to serve as both the DC History Center and an Apple Store.
This tour can be completed by walking, public transport, and/or car. Since the landmarks are spread out, it is advised that you map out your route to determine distance before beginning.