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Your Place for Gazettes — Pic of the Week

The Reading Room and the Global Legal Resource Room are the two collection areas of the Law Library that are accessible to the public.  Today’s Pic of the Week is a look inside our gazette room, a collection space that is accessible only to staff.

While patrons cannot browse the shelves, they may certainly request any material housed here.  A visit to the Reading Room and a chat with a reference librarian will yield access to these official sources of primary law.

Rare Books, a Tiger, and Pecan Pie

The following is a guest post by Dr. Meredith Shedd-Driskel, Law Curator of our rare book collection. She recently attended the 52nd Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries held prior to the American Library Association’s annual conference.  Held in Baton Rouge, the theme of […]

In Praise of Improbable Biology

It’s surprising, but true, that the laws of nature sometimes find themselves at the mercy of the courts. I found a great example of this in a book that the Law Library recently acquired for its rare book collection. Tractatus juridicus & practicus, de partu of Alonso Carranza (Cologne, 1629) is a staggeringly comprehensive book about human embryology […]

Machu Picchu Revealed

Yesterday, July 24, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of the announcement to the world of the existence of the 15th-century Incan city, Machu Picchu, by Hiram Bingham III (1875-1956). Not surprisingly, Machu Picchu has become a fascinating point of interest to tourists, students, archaeologists, anthropologists, and other scholars of the humanities (we know that at […]

Meet the Library’s Staff at AALL

Several members of the Law Library’s staff, as well as staff from other parts of the Library of Congress, are heading up to Philadelphia this weekend to attend the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting.  If you’re attending the conference and want to catch the staff in action, you can see them presenting […]

World Digital Library and the Qatar Foundation

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division. I recently had the opportunity to meet three members of the Qatar Foundation, a partner organization of the World Digital Library (WDL).  The WDL is a collaborative digital library project that the Library of Congress is leading.  We are working […]

South Sudan and The Law Library

On July 9, 2011, a new African nation was born; South Sudan declared its independence and became the 54th African nation and 193rd member of the United Nations.  This came to be after the people of South Sudan overwhelmingly supported the secession (with about 99% of voters in favor) of South Sudan from Sudan in […]