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Government Documents - Congress, Laws, and Legislation: Library of Congress

This guide provides information about how to find laws, legislative history, U.S. Congressional publications, and the publications of Congressional agencies.


The Library of Congress (LC) was founded in 1800 and is the largest library in the world. Its mission is "to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people" (LC website). In addition to having a vast collection of books, maps, films, photographs, and other material, LC also has robust digital collections and programs. LC also houses the Copyright Office.

"The Law Library of Congress produces reports on foreign, comparative, and international law in response to requests from Members of Congress, Congressional staff and committees, the federal courts, executive branch agencies, and others."-Website

Government Documents has a partial collection of LC publications. Our holdings of Library of Congress publications are fully cataloged and searchable in OneSearch. Titles include the following:

Book cover showing a historical map of Asia
Book cover with architectural drawing of the Capitol dome

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