Save a Rare Book

This 14th century Roman legal manuscript is complete with marginal notes known as glosses, or "doodles"


The Law Library collection of rare books consists of approximately 25,000 volumes of books and bound manuscripts, many issued prior to 1801. 


Major Anglo-American materials include:

  • English Year Book literature
  • The works of William Blackstone
  • English and American trials
  • American records and briefs
  • British appeal papers, and
  • Early American statutory law.

Major foreign legal collections include:

  • Incunabula (books printed before 1501)
  • Roman law
  • Canon law
  • Consilia
  • Coutumes
  • Italian statute
  • Early Hispanic law
  • International and maritime law
  • The Russian Imperial Collection, and other pre-Soviet Russian legal sources and literature


Tour the Rare Book Vault

Rare book service is available on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Access to rare materials is by appointment only.  For further information, contact Mr. Nathan Dorn, Rare Book Librarian, at or 202.707.3803.


Save a Rare Book

A rare book donation in someone's name or memory is a wondereful gift.  To learn how you can save a rare book, manuscript, or other artifact, please contact Penelope Fay Heavner, Special Assistant to the Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach and Services at or 202.707.5079.  

Rare books and manuscripts in first editions on a range of legal topics. Find one that speaks to you.
Rick Fitzgerald, a Librarian in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate of The Library of Congress

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