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Government Resources for Research and Study: Congressional/Legislative

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ABOUT Congressional/Legislative Publications

Congressional Publications include bills and resolutions, proposed and enacted laws, transcripts and reports of committee hearings and investigations, reports to Congress from federal agencies, Senate and House calendars, and directories of members of Congress. The links on this page provide quick access to digital editions of congressional and legislative publications. Our Government Documents collection includes tangible editions of congressional publications in print and on microfiche or microfilm.   

About Federal Law

The government publishes laws enacted by Congress in three formats.

Slip Laws, also known as Public Laws, are individual bills and joint resolutions passed by Congress and published in pamphlet form by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Session Laws are all laws passed in a session of Congress and compiled chronologically in the U.S. Statutes at Large. 

Codified Laws are all federal laws organized by subject and published in the U.S. Code.

All of these can also be accessed via

Printed editions of Congressional and Legislative Publications

Our Government Documents Department houses a print collection that includes: The Serial Set, The U.S. Statutes at Large, The U.S. Code, The Congressional Record, Congressional Committee Hearings, Documents, and Reports, and Directories of Members of Congress. Search our AUM Online Catalog or come to the Government Documents Department for help locating specific items. 

The Government Documents Department is located on the 3rd floor of the administration side of the Library Tower -- above the computer lab. 


The Congressional Record