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Stereoview of the Madison Building Closed Stacks

The Law Library of Congress is the largest law library in the world, and much of its vast collection is housed in the Madison Building’s sub-basement stacks. Whenever a patron requests an item that does not have “RR” at the end of the call number, our expert staff combs through our vast collection of over 2.5 million volumes to locate the item […]

“I’ll be damned if I don’t do it!”: The Failed Assassination Attempt on President Andrew Jackson

On January 30, 1835, an unemployed painter by the name of Richard Lawrence made the first attempt on the life of a sitting U.S. President. That damp, misty day, President Andrew Jackson had traveled to the Capitol Building to attend a Congressional funeral in the House Wing. As the President exited the funeral, he approached […]

Capitol Christmas Tree – Pic of the Week

One evening this week I paid a visit to the Capitol Christmas Tree, which is situated on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  This year the tree traveled all the way from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington state, arriving at the Capitol in late November.  It […]

Human Rights Day Display – Pic of the Week

In honor of Human Rights Day, Barbara and Robert prepared a display in the Law Library Reading Room to coincide with our panel discussion on refugee rights which was set for December 10th.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature, in the form of ice and snow, closed the federal government in the DC metropolitan area for the day.  The good news […]

“His Soul is Marching On!” – Pic of the Week

This post was co-authored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, Legal Reference Specialists. December 2nd marked the 154th anniversary of the execution of John Brown, an act which transformed John Brown into a martyr for the abolitionist movement and further inflamed the sectional tensions that would ignite the Civil War.  We previously featured the Jefferson […]

National Library of Catalonia – Pic of the Week

In September I attended the International Association of Law Libraries’ (IALL) annual course on international law and legal information.  This year’s course, Catalan Law and Legal Information in a Global Context, was held in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to a full schedule of lectures by legal experts in Catalan law, there were several site visits.  […]

Law Library Presenters at the National Book Festival – Pic of the Week

Recognize these guys?  Well, you will after this weekend, if you come to the National Book Festival on the National Mall.  These Law Library staff will make the following presentations this Saturday and Sunday at the Library of Congress Pavilion: Saturday, September 21 at 1:40 p.m. Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Research at the Library of […]