The bulk of the State Library’s collection of federal law resources is legislative and administrative law materials received through the Federal Depository Library Program. This program, established by the U.S. Congress and administered through the Government Printing Office, provides the public with free access to government publications.

  • U.S. Code: The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.
    Available online from 1994 to date
  • Statutes at Large: Also known as session laws, the Statutes at Large are the permanent collection of laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress.
    Library print holdings: 1789 to date
    Available online in two collections (1789 to 1875) and (1951 to 2010)
  • Congressional Record: Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.
    Library print holdings: 1873-74 (43rd Congress) to 1993.
    Available online from 1994 to date
  • US Congressional Serial Set: The United States Congressional Serial Set, as it is known today, comprises the numbered Senate and House Documents and House Reports, which are bound by Congress.
    Library print holdings: 1817 to 1996
    Available online from 1995 to date
  • Code of Federal Regulations: The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government.          
    Available online from 1996 to date
  • Federal Register: Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
    Library microfilm holdings: 1936 to 1993
    Available online from 1994 to date
  • United States Reports: The official edition of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States
    Library print holdings: Volume 1 to date
    Available online from 1991 to date

In addition to these official sources, the library has onsite access to Westlaw, which provides access to statutes, administrative law and case law.

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This information is provided by The State Library of Massachusetts.