This guest post is by the chief of the Law Library’s Public Services Division, Andrew Winston. Andrew has written several posts for the blog, including The Constitution Annotated–Impeachment Clauses, Federal Courts Web Archive Launched, A Visit to the Peace Palace Library, and The Revised Statutes of the United States: Predecessor to the U.S. Code.
Our reading room is closed, college campuses are quiet, and schools are empty. Learning, however, still continues. The Law Library wants to make sure that researchers know that we are still here for you, albeit online (and, alas, without the benefit of access to our print collection at the present).
If you’ve never taken advantage of our Ask-a-Librarian service, allow us to introduce you!
Through our online reference service, we can help you with:
- Legal and legislative research assistance for US federal and state, foreign, international, and comparative law
- Queries on resources unique to the Law Library of Congress
We typically respond within five business days (often faster!).
We can assist you by directing you to resources that may help answer your question or advance your research. However, there are a few things we cannot help you with:
- Providing legal advice, interpretation, or analysis which could be interpreted as the practice of law (that includes interpreting pending or enacted laws and how they affect you)
- Performing research for you or compiling bibliographies or legislative histories
- Providing answers for student assignments
If you can’t find a resource on the Law Library website on your own, consider reaching out to us via Ask-a-Librarian. We’re here to help!
By the way, our colleagues in other parts of the Library of Congress are also here to help! Reference librarians from across the Library are monitoring all the Ask-a-Librarian sites and welcome your questions on other topics, too.