Library Tips II

We’re getting very close to the first day of the IFLA pre-conferences, and we couldn’t be more excited! We thought we would write up just a few more tips to help you navigate the Library of Congress during your visit here.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress during the pre-conferences. If you would like to make use of the room, please head over the the Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building (where most of the IFLA PARL events will be held) and ask one of the staff members associated with IFLA PARL for directions. The staff members will be wearing red ribbons on their name badges.

Luggage restrictions
Image from page 462 of “Camps in the Rockies : being a narrative of life on the frontier, and sport in the Rocky Mountains, with an account of the cattle ranches of the West, with illustrations, and an original map based on the most recent U.S. Government Survey,” Internet Archive Book Images, at

Don’t forget that you cannot bring large pieces of luggage into the Library of Congress! Suitcases and bags larger than 25″W x 15″H will not fit on the x-ray belts and are prohibited. Also, there is no coat- or luggage-check available at the Library. On the day you are planning to leave the pre-conferences, you may want to use the luggage-check at your hotel; you will then need to return to the hotel after leaving your pre-conference and before moving on to the next leg of your travel.

“James Madison Memorial Building (LM) Ground Floor (G),” Library of Congress website, at

Here is the Library of Congress website containing the floor plans of all three Library of Congress buildings, as well as online tours of the Jefferson , the Madison , and the Adams . The floor plan for the ground floor of the Madison building, for instance, is to the right.

Please let us know if you have any questions, or need any assistance in navigating the Library when you are here. We are looking forward to seeing you all!

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