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A full color poster advertising the National Book Festival with geometric shapes and reading related images such as glasses, books, punctuation marks.
The 2023 National Book Festival poster. Designed by Lisa Congdon.

Join the Law Library of Congress at the 2023 National Book Festival

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Summer is in full swing and you know what that means – it is almost time for the National Book Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

As in previous years, the Law Library of Congress will host a table at the festival. Law Library staff will be available starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Jefferson area of the expo, halls D and E, to answer your questions about our legal research services, collections, and unique expertise in foreign, comparative, and international law. Staff will also discuss our online products such as the Guide to Law Online and the Global Legal Monitor, which covers legal developments and news from around the world. In addition to the best-selling authors, novelists, historians, poets, and children’s writers who will take the stage, Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian Barbara Bavis will present “Keeping up with Congress!” at 1:15 p.m. on the pavilion stage. is the official legislative information system for the U.S. Congress. In this presentation, find out about some of the features of that Americans can use to learn more about how bills become law and keep up with what is going on in Congress.

We will also offer handouts about our various websites, social media outlets, products, and services, along with an overview of our print and digital collections. As always, we will have our popular gavel pencils to give away, in addition to a few other items. We hope to see you on the 12th!

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