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Check Out Our Pirattitude

Everyone loves pirates. As International Talk Like a Pirate Day approaches, especially this year when it’s falling on a Saturday, there’s a built-in excuse for a party. You get to say “Arrr” quite a bit, fly a Jolly Roger, possibly drink rum or carry a cutlass, although one hopes not at the same time. Pirates […]

Constitution Day – The Annotated Constitution Celebrated

Thursday, September 17th is Constitution Day and on this date we commemorate the signing of the Constitution.  This day also recognizes those who have become citizens of the United States by coming of age or by naturalization.  The Law Library frequently celebrates this auspicious day with a lecture or scholarly debate.  Over the years we […]

Wrap Up: 15th National Book Festival

The Law Library of Congress was delighted to engage with attendees again this year at the Library’s National Book Festival. We had 11 staff members volunteer at the festival from our Global Legal Research Directorate, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Public Services Division and Legislative and External Relations Office. We discussed our collection, legal research products and unique expertise in foreign […]

Law Library of Congress Will Present at the National Book Festival

It is the most beloved time of the year for bibliophiles like myself–it is National Book Festival time! The festival is this Saturday, September 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As in previous years, the Law Library of Congress will host a table at the festival. Law Library staff will be available starting […]

95th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Suffrage in the United States – Pic of the Week

In celebration of the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, today’s pic of the week is from the Library’s Manuscript Division of women suffragist leader Alice Paul with other activists of the National Woman’s Party (NWP). On August 18, 1920, Tennessee General State Assembly member Harry T. Burn, at his mother’s insistence, cast the final vote needed […]

Hong Kong Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Shi Qiu, a foreign law intern at the Law Library of Congress. July 1, 2015 marked the 18th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. On this anniversary we published a post about the Basic Law of Hong Kong. For non-legal information on Hong Kong, you can read an article […]

The Civil Law System – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Eduardo Soares, a foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress covering Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions.  Eduardo has previously published posts about the Brazilian law collection, capoeira and the law, and on a Law Library report on citizenship pathways and border protection. Foreign and comparative law research involves not […]

Comics and the Law

It is the current fashion, both in academics and popular culture, to convey information about more serious topics, such as war, chemistry, military life in a combat zone, autobiography, cancer, and pandemic preparedness in graphic novels. As a librarian and a reader, I’ve enjoyed the ability of graphic novels to communicate dense non-fiction material in […]