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Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online

This is a guest post by Ann Hemmens, legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress.  Through an agreement with the Library of Congress, the publisher William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has generously allowed the Law Library of Congress to offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materials from HeinOnline.  These titles are available […]

A Magna Carta MOOC

The following is a guest post by Emm Barnes Johnstone, historian of medicine with the Centre for Public History, Heritage and Engagement with the Past at Royal Holloway, University of London. Royal Holloway, a college of the University of London, sits just two miles from Runnymede. We are home to some of the world’s experts […]

Police Weapons Around the World

The following is a guest post by Nicolas Boring, a foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress.  Nicolas has previously contributed posts on French Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Napoleon Bonaparte and Mining Rights in France and How Sunday Came to be Established as a Day of Rest in France. While for some […]

Accessing Reading Room Materials During Our Move

This is a guest post by Anne Guha, legal information analyst with the Law Library Public Services Division. As Margaret explained in a previous blog post, recently we have been preparing the Law Library Reading Room, located in Room 201 in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, for a much-needed renovation.  In order to allow the […]

Researching Norwegian Law Online and in the Library

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant who covers Scandinavian countries at the Law Library of Congress. Elin has previously written about the bicentenary of Norway’s constitution and a boarding school scandal in Sweden for In Custodia Legis. When I conduct research on Scandinavian jurisdictions here at the […]

Magna Carta Event Celebrates Constitution Day

The following is a guest post by Liah Caravalho, program specialist with the Office of Legislative and External Relations at the Law Library of Congress. The Law Library hosted Yale Law School constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar in commemoration of Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 16. Professor Amar’s lecture, “Magna Carta and the United States Constitution,” celebrated […]

How Sunday Came to be Established as a Day of Rest in France

The following is a guest post by Nicolas Boring, foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress.  Nicolas has previously contributed guest posts on French Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights and Napoleon Bonaparte and Mining Rights in France. It is no secret that French workers benefit from a generous amount of vacation time.  Indeed, […]

An Interview with Ann Hemmens, Legal Reference Librarian

This week’s interview is with Ann Hemmens, a legal reference librarian with the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My parents were transplants from Illinois and I inherited their interest in travel and living in different parts of the country. I’ve […]