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From lawyers offering work anecdotes to law librarians relaying research tips and law professors giving opinions and analysis, law-oriented blogs or "blawgs" provide a view of the changing dynamics for communication and collaboration within the legal community. The growth in the number and variety of blawgs has created its own unique slice of the “blawgosphere.”

Hennessy Leroyles big dramatic production, Linked by law. 1894 Two lawyers. 1868

The Law Library of Congress can be your one-stop shop for many of these blogs. In 2007, the division began harvesting a web archive that has grown to more than 100 items covering a broad cross-section of legal topics.

Congress established the Law Library in 1832, recognizing the need for ready access to reliable legal materials. The Law Library has grown over the years to become the world’s largest law library, with a collection of more than three million volumes spanning the ages and covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world.

Comprehensive geographically, the collection also spans all periods of law, from the most ancient and primitive to the most contemporary and sophisticated. All systems of law–common, civil, customary, religious and socialist–are represented, as are all topics within the law.

On a selective or representative basis, the Law Library also collects legal periodicals and their indexes, treatises, law school theses and dissertations, legislative histories, and publications of bar associations.

The Law Library of Congress serves a wide range of functions, some better-known than others. The Law Library provides research and reference assistance, oversees the preeminent legal collection available, and houses an international staff of foreign law attorneys.

Also in 2007, the Library launched its very own blog, written by the Library's director of communications, Matt Raymond, with contributions from the Librarian, curators and other Library staff members.

Blogs are among the important born-digital content that is being saved and preserved in perpetuity under the Library's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. The mission of the program is to develop a national strategy to collect, archive and preserve the burgeoning amounts of digital content, especially materials that are created only in digital formats, for current and future generations.


A. Hennessy Leroyles big dramatic production, Linked by law. 1894. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Information: Call No.: POS - TH - 1894 .L56, no. 1 (C size) <P&P> [P&P]

B. Two lawyers. 1868. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Information: Reproduction No.: LC-USZ61-1806 (b&w film copy neg.); Call No.: Illus. in TR1.W7 [General Collections]