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Newly passed U.S. federal legislation (and laws dating back to the 104th Congress, 1995) can be found at the Government Printing Office (GPO) site.  The library also receives slip laws in hard copy. These can be found in the Government Documents collection on the lower level at AE 2.110.

Statutes at Large. HeinOnline provides PDF access to the Statutes at Large from vol. one through to a few years ago (vol. 120 as of this writing). Westlaw (USSTAT-LRG) also provides PDF access to the Statutes at Large from 1789-1972. (Note: in this database, you cannot search the full-text but only the the citation, date, and summary information of the content). The Government Printing Office provides access in multiple formats, including PDF, dating back to vol. 117 (2003). The Library of Congress provides a digitized version of the first 18 volumes of the Statutes at Large (1789-1875) The bound Statutes at Large are available in range 19 on the second floor of the library at KF 50.U52

The current edition of the United States Code is available in aisle 20 of the second floor stacks at KF 62. HeinOnline also offers comprehensive PDF access to the U.S. Code. Note that the Code is published every six years with cumulative bound supplements issued in between editions. Publication typically runs several years behind. For example, the library received the first volume of the 2000 Code in September 2001 and the last volume of the 2000 supplements in April 2008. As of March 31, 2009, the last volume we have received is vol. 21 of the 2006 Code. 

Iowa and Other States

The most recent Code of Iowa (KFI 4230) and Iowa session laws, Acts and Joint Resolutions (KFI 4225 .A2), are available at the Information Desk and in the Iowa Wing.

For other states, annotated codes are available on the third floor of the library near the main staircase. It may also be useful to consult the American Association of Law Libraries' 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, which indicates the official sources of each state's codes, some of which are online. Other states' session laws may be available on microfilm or via HeinOnline.  For additional sources for state laws, see the library's State and Local Law Research guide.


For help finding foreign laws, see the GlobaLex Foreign Law Guides

Last Modified: 10/2/2009 8:57:00 AM by Karen Wallace