In the Reading Room of the Law Library of Congress, behind our reference desk is a ready reference section. The ready reference section of any library contains resources that are frequently used by both patrons and librarians in doing legal research. In the Law Library’s section, we have resources such as the District of Columbia Code and practice materials. We also have the Foreign Law Guide, the Guide to Congress, and various Yellow Books, including the Congressional Yellow Book.
Along the far wall behind the first shelf is a copy of the United States Code Annotated for quick access by the librarians. The catalog records for these items indicate that they be requested at the reference desk. Patrons that request items from this section are required to leave their reader registration card while they use the material.