Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Law Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress
"In 1832, The Law Library of Congress was officially established to provide the United States Congress and Supreme Court with access to current and accurate legal research materials. Over time, our mission was expanded to include other branches of the U.S. Government, the public and the global legal community. This evolving mission is supported by a collection of more than 2.65 million volumes and brings together the expertise of approximately 100 lawyers, librarians, other professionals and support staff who provide legal reference, research and analysis using the Law Library’s collection, and also draw upon the collections and expertise of our colleagues throughout the Library of Congress.

The Law Library has grown over the years to become the world’s largest, with a collection that spans the ages and covers virtually every jurisdiction in the world. As the leading research center for foreign, comparative and international law, the Library also provides valuable reference assistance to the scholarly community and to law practitioners across the nation and the globe. While our name says “of Congress,” we are an intellectual asset that belongs to everyone!

The Law Library continues to be guided by the belief that universal access to and the understanding of law serves an important role in promoting peace and democracy. We are also committed to the fundamental principle that legal information must be accurate, authentic and authoritative."


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        • "contains primary legal and legislative materials for Canada."
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