The Reading Room and the Global Legal Resource Room are the two collection areas of the Law Library that are accessible to the public. Today’s Pic of the Week is a look inside our gazette room, a collection space that is accessible only to staff.
While patrons cannot browse the shelves, they may certainly request any material housed here. A visit to the Reading Room and a chat with a reference librarian will yield access to these official sources of primary law.
The following is a guest post by Dr. Meredith Shedd-Driskel, Law Curator of our rare book collection. She recently attended the 52nd Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries held prior to the American Library Association’s annual conference. Held in Baton Rouge, the theme of […]
It’s surprising, but true, that the laws of nature sometimes find themselves at the mercy of the courts. I found a great example of this in a book that the Law Library recently acquired for its rare book collection. Tractatus juridicus & practicus, de partu of Alonso Carranza (Cologne, 1629) is a staggeringly comprehensive book about human embryology […]
Describe your background I am a native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, but I have strong Italian roots. My father’s parents were immigrants from Italy. My mother was born in Italy and moved to the United States at the age of 11. My parents, who recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, met on a […]
Yesterday, July 24, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of the announcement to the world of the existence of the 15th-century Incan city, Machu Picchu, by Hiram Bingham III (1875-1956). Not surprisingly, Machu Picchu has become a fascinating point of interest to tourists, students, archaeologists, anthropologists, and other scholars of the humanities (we know that at […]
I was recently vacationing in France and, while there, thought it would be fun to take a picture of a library to bring back for the blog. I managed to find the Bibliothèque National de France (BnF, the National Library of France) on the Rue de Richelieu. By law, every book published in France is […]
Several members of the Law Library’s staff, as well as staff from other parts of the Library of Congress, are heading up to Philadelphia this weekend to attend the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting. If you’re attending the conference and want to catch the staff in action, you can see them presenting […]
This week’s interview is with Alex LoBianco, a Public Services Assistant in the Law Library Reading Room. Describe your background. I was born and raised in Washington, DC, with my immediate family and maternal grandparents living nearby. My parents and grandparents were Italian immigrants so we spoke Italian at home and English outside. What is […]
The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division. I recently had the opportunity to meet three members of the Qatar Foundation, a partner organization of the World Digital Library (WDL). The WDL is a collaborative digital library project that the Library of Congress is leading. We are working […]
On July 9, 2011, a new African nation was born; South Sudan declared its independence and became the 54th African nation and 193rd member of the United Nations. This came to be after the people of South Sudan overwhelmingly supported the secession (with about 99% of voters in favor) of South Sudan from Sudan in […]