Friday, February 2, 2018
On Monday, the ABA House of Delegates will meet to vote on a number of resolutions, including Resolution 109. That resolution "urges the Congress to approve appropriations to the Library of Congress necessary to enable the Law Library of Congress to adequately staff, maintain, modernize, and enhance its services, collections, facilities, digital projects, and outreach efforts."
The report accompanying the proposed resolution describes the work of the Law Library of Congress and its importance to the Congress, the nation's lawyers, and the legal profession. The Law Library of Congress is the largest law library in the world, including substantial collections of international and foreign legal materials. The ABA report states that "[f]or of nation of laws, the Law Library of Congress is an American treasure in the fullest sense" and states that the "Congress must adequately fund the Library of Congress in order to effectively support the needs of our nation's law library . . . ."