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​​Law and Documents Research Guide

The State Library of Pennsylvania Law Library has an extensive law collection consisting of the laws, regulations, and higher court decisions of the U.S. government and all fifty states which can be searched through the State​ Library's catalog.

Please see the Law Resources LibGuide for detailed information.

Pennsylvania State Documents Depository

The State Library is the official depository for public printed publications of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This collection provides an historical repository of materials of the government of Pennsylvania from the 1700s to the present. A system of depository libraries has been set up so that many state publications can be used at locations outside of Harrisburg. Many of the publications are available electronically and may be located and accessed through the Library's catalog.

Federal Documents Depository

GPO IconThe State Library participates in the U.S. Government Printing Office Federal Depository Program. The collection dates back to the mid-1800s, with new materials being received on a continual basis. The State Library is the Regional Federal Depository Library for the Commonwealth, and therefore receives a copy of every U.S. government publication distributed to depository libraries. Many federal publications are published electronically and may be located and accessed through Library's catalog.