About the Law Collections
With approximately 2.5 million volumes, the Law Library’s collection of primary and secondary sources constitutes the largest legal collection in the world.
Rare Book Collection
The Law Library’s collection of rare books consists of approximately 25,000 volumes of books and bound manuscripts, many issued prior to 1801.
The Law Library Reading Room contains a variety of legal and legislative materials from around the globe in microfiche, microfilm and ultrafiche.
The Law Library continues to digitize legal and legislative materials to help users gain access to important historical documents. Our collections include:
- Century of Lawmaking
Full-text access to the laws, bills and resolutions, treaties, debates and journals of the first 43 Congresses.
- Congressional Hearings
Full-text access to historical Congressional committee hearings on a variety of topics.
- Legal Blawgs
Access the web archive of more than 100 legal blawgs.
- Digitized Books
Our digitized collection includes rare material on Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, piracy trials, and other.
Last Updated: 06/18/2014