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Law Library Launches Refreshed Website, Law.gov

The Law Library of Congress is proud to announce that we have refreshed our website, as of today, June 30, 2021. Our new, cleaner look should help you find the resources you are looking for in a more modern and streamlined way.

Our homepage will take you to the most used and most requested Law Library services. The search bar at the top of the page will allow you to search everything on the Law Library’s website. Below the scrolling images, we present our most recent In Custodia Legis blog posts and Global Legal Monitor articles for you to stay up to date on legal news at a glance.

Screenshot of the new homepage for the Law Library of Congress features a search box at the top, horizontal primary headings, secondary vertical headings with contact info underneath, and a feature scrolling image in the center.

The new homepage for the Law Library of Congress, law.gov

Use the horizontal headings at the top to navigate to About the Law Library, Collections, Researcher Resources, News & Events, or Legal Reports. Follow the vertical headings to drill down even more.

The Reading Room page of the new Law Library of Congress website. Features an image of the reading room, followed by an explanatory paragraph and links to "Policies and Procedures" as well as "Services."

The new Law Library of Congress website page for the Reading Room.




As the Library continues to open to the public, we hope you will visit our Reading Room (under “About the Law Library”) for your research needs.


The digital collections page of the Law Library of Congress website has a scrolling image bar that features different collections.

The new Law Library of Congress website page for Digital Collections.







The Collections tab highlights the information in our physical collection and includes links to our digital and rare book collections, as well as web archives. The Global Legal Monitor is housed here and has a great Advanced Search. I didn’t realize how many digital collections we had until I saw the list!



The new Researcher Resources page features a list of resources and products to help with beginning legal research.

The new Law Library of Congress website page for Researcher Resources.




A favorite of mine is the new Researcher Resources page. The Research Guides and Guide to Law Online are great starting points for research. The Legal Research Institute has some great webinars planned for the fall. Check back often for more as instructional webinars are continually added! Also this page showcases our Story Maps at the bottom, which continues to be a great researcher tool as well as a way we can highlight our legal collections.



The new website page for event videos features a vertical list of videos with a small image of the video.

The new Law Library of Congress website page for Event Videos.





The News & Events section now includes past recordings, including interviews, lectures, presentations, and highlights from the Law Library collections. Legal Research Institute Webinars are showcased under the Event Videos and represent the breadth of knowledge of our specialists in United States and foreign, comparative, and international law.




There is a new tab for Legal Reports that will take you to the reports we produce on foreign, comparative, and international law. Be sure to check out the new browse pages on the left where you can explore reports by topic, region, or date. The reports listed here will be added to as our current specialists continue writing legal reports in response to requests, with historical reports that have been previously unavailable to the public continuing to be uploaded to the site as well. When completed, this section will consist of legal reports published from the 1940s through the present.

The new Law Library of Congress page for Legal Reports features browse pages on the left, the logo in the center, and featured legal reports towards the bottom.

The new Law Library of Congress website page for Legal Reports.

Ever present on the left side of each web page is our contact information and Ask a Law Librarian service. Please let us know if we can help you find anything on the new website, and we hope you enjoy the more modern presentation!

Finally, this wouldn’t have been possible without the people who made the plan and did the work of the migration. Special thanks to our Digital Resources Division members, past and present, as well as our colleagues who have offered advice, edits, and rewrites. We send our gratitude to the Library of Congress web development team for their tireless work to make the new website a success. We also owe a lot to our DRD supervisor, Jay Sweany; former Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sánchez; and our current acting Law Librarian, Aslihan Bulut, for their leadership and decisiveness.

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