A few weeks ago, I wrote about my hometown library, the Albright Memorial Library, in Scranton, Pennsylvania and its participation in the Federal Depository Library Program. As described in the post, I have a card catalog from the library in our home. My colleague, Elizabeth Moore, stopped by my office last week to ask whether […]
The Law Library of Congress houses approximately 60,000 rare items, 25,000 of which are housed in our climate controlled vault. The Law Library’s rare books collection is managed by our Rare Books Curator, Nathan Dorn. For an item to be considered rare, it typically must have been published prior to 1801. This 1788 translation of the U.S. […]
This is a guest post by Janice Hyde, Program Officer for the Global Legal Information Network. My colleague, George Sadek, and I had the privilege of accompanying Law Librarian David Mao on a recent trip to Doha, Qatar, where David offered opening remarks at a ceremony inaugurating a new portal that provides access to Qatars legal […]
We at In Custodia Legis are sensitive to the fact that some of our readers may be disappointed that the Mayan Apocalypse of 2012, predicted for today, has turned out to be a bust. In order to soothe your nerves, we thought it would be courteous to invite you to look at a couple of scenes […]
We have written about many different kinds of libraries in the past, from libraries abroad to libraries on wheels, but this has to be the smallest library we have ever discussed. Situated on North Limestone Street in Lexington, Kentucky, this colorful box houses a small assortment of books, including a legal thriller by John Grisham. […]
A friend’s son, who lived in Tanzania for a year, gave me this lovely cloth which hangs in my office. The centerpiece is a picture of Julius Kambrage Nyerere who is considered the father of modern Tanzania. Mwalimu is the Swahili term for teacher which was President Nyerere’s first profession before he entered politics.
Weve had an update to the Law Library of Congress physical spaces. The front doors to our main office were recently replaced with glass doors. We often talk about transparency in government, and the doors are our small symbolic contribution to making our inner workings see-through. The glass also lets visitors see into the […]
The Law Library of Congress staff is celebrating the arrival of our new scanner. The scanner is located in the Law Library Reading Room where patrons can now scan materials and download images to a flashdrive. How cool is that!
This week Clare and Margaret told us about elections laws around the globe, Barbara and Robert enlightened us on the electoral college, and Ruth gave us background on the upcoming national elections for Israel. To complete our election week theme, we have a photo to share today from just across the street. Crews began constructing […]
During my recent trip to New Mexico, I visited the Pecos National Historical Park. This park encompasses the remains of two Indian pueblos as well as a Civil War battlefield. The Pecos National Historical Park and Glorieta Unit of the National Historical Park were established by Pub. L. 101-313, Title II (1990). The park is 25 […]