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Want to be a docent at the Library of Congress?

July 27, 2011 |  7:07 am

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The Library of Congress in Washington is seeking volunteers for its fall 2011 docent program. Docents are trained in a 14-week program that begins Aug. 30. More than 300 volunteers at the Library of Congress greet and provide tours to its 1.7 million annual visitors.

Docents learn how to lead tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building and answer questions about the library's collection. Volunteers who complete the program generally work one four-hour shift per week, which might be two two-hour tours. Interested parties can learn more and apply online.

The positions are unpaid, but perks include eligibility for free parking, a discount in the library's gift store and free flu shots.

Of course, to be a docent at the Library of Congress, you have to be in Washington.

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Photo: Queen Margrethe of Denmark, center, with her consort, Prince Henrik, left, get a tour of the Library of Congress in June. (Note: Not all tour groups include visiting royalty). Credit: Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press

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