Legislative Branch

Directions to the Center for Legislative Archives

The Center for Legislative Archives is located in the Main National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC. The building is between Seventh and Ninth Streets, NW, with our entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Our Address

Center for Legislative Archives
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20408

Please Note:

  • The research entrance to the building is on Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • The exhibit entrance is on Constitution Avenue.
  • For details, see the Visitor's Map

Research Room Hours

Monday & Wednesday 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays

An archivist is available to answer questions and pull legislative records from 8:45 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
More Archives locations

In Washington, DC, take Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. The Archives/Navy Memorial stop is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Archives building.

In Washington, DC, Metrobuses 30, 32, 34, 36, 53, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, P4, P17, P19, and W13 stop at the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue.

For more specific information on routes, fares, and timetables for Metrobus and Metrorail, please see the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority or telephone Metro at 202-637-7000.


No parking at the building is available for researchers. Several commercial parking lots are located nearby and metered curb parking may be available on nearby streets.

Free Staff shuttle bus between the Washington, DC and College Park, MD National Archives buildings:

  • Monday through Friday only
  • Depart Washington, DC:   8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the hour
    • Pick up at the National Archives bus shelter located on 7th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW.
  • Depart College Park:   8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the hour
    • Pick up in front of the building.
  • Researchers may use it on a space available basis.

Distance from Local Airports

  • From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA):   4 miles
  • From Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD):   28 miles
  • From Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI):   32 miles

A list of commercial parking facilities is available at the following locations:

  • the guard station on 7th Street
  • the guard station at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance lobby of the National Archives building
  • the consultant/researcher registration offices in room G-7

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