Law Library of Congress 175-Year Anniversary

In celebration of its 175 years of service to Congress and the nation, the Law Library of Congress is launching a yearlong series of events designed to celebrate its achievements and showcase its unparalleled resources.

Founded in 1832, the Law Library of Congress is the de facto national law library. Its mission is to provide research and legal information to the U.S. Congress, U.S. federal courts and executive branch agencies, and to provide reference service to the public. To accomplish this mission, the Law Library has amassed the world’s largest collection of law books and other legal resources from all countries, now comprising more than 2.5 million items. The Law Library is playing a leadership role in the creation of a Global Legal Information Network, a consortium of 46 government agencies and international institutions that contributes and shares global legal resources online.