The Friends of the Law Library of Congress is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.  We are a vibrant group of supporters of the U.S. Law Library of Congress


Section 2.01 General Purpose. The general purpose of the Corporation shall be to advance awareness of and support for the Law Library of Congress, contribute to its collection, and sponsor educational and other programs that promote greater understanding of the law and knowledge about the Law Library of Congress.
— The Bylaws of The Friends of the Law Library of Congress
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Our Mission



The Friends are entrusted to stimulate financial support and advocacy for strategic programs of the Law Library of Congress, contribute to its collections, increase understanding of rule of law, and expand awareness of the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of legal information.



Our Leadership


The Friends are led by a dedicated Board of Governors who volunteer significant financial contribution, networks, pro bono services, and time, and who collaborate with the Law Library of Congress leadership and staff to care tirelessly for this treasure of the American public. 

In association with the Library of Congress, Law Library of Congress, our partners, sponsors, and affiliates, we help ensure that the world's greatest legal resource remains in perpetuity.


Meet our Board of Governors →



Our Achievements


Facilitated 800th Anniversary celebration of the signing of the Magna Carta, Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor (Nov 6, 2014 - Jan 19, 2015) attended by HRH The Princess Royal

Ongoing financial and promotional support of multiple Annual Programs open to the public, including the National Book Festival, Law Day, Constitution Day, Human Rights Day, and several others

Currently raising funds for multiple planned exhibitions: The Mayflower Compact (2020) by the Law Library; support for The Two Georges (2021) by the Library of Congress and British Royal Archives; and other projects

Coordination of rare book display at Annual Diplomatic Receptions held at the U.S. Department of State

Collaboration with American Bar Association Standing Committee of the Law Library of Congress

2017 expansion into a national organization, with international online followers in all continents

Financial support of rare books, curatorial donations and special acquisitions