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Research Center Law Library of Congress

About the Law Library

The mission of the Law Library of Congress is to provide authoritative legal research, reference and instruction services, and access to an unrivaled collection of U.S., foreign, comparative, and international law. To accomplish this mission, the Law Library has assembled a staff of experienced foreign and U.S. trained legal specialists and law librarians, and has amassed the world's largest collection of law books and other legal resources from all countries, now comprising more than 2.9 million items.

Notice: The Law Library Reading Room is providing access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday. Please submit an Ask a Librarian form or call (202) 707-5080 to schedule an appointment. More.

Public Hours

Monday through Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Retrieval service ends at 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays & Federal Holidays


101 Independence Ave SE
James Madison Building
Room LM 242
Washington, DC 20540-3129
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