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The Library Collection

The library collection includes the National Reporter System, all fifty state statutes and session laws, U.S. statutes and federal legislative materials, government documents and over 300 periodical subscriptions. The library retains all superseded volumes and annual pocket parts to the Virginia Code Annotated. A growing collection of titles in the area of judicial administration includes publications of the National Center for State Courts, as well as titles distributed by the State Justice Institute to the Office of the Executive Secretary and donated to the library.

As a service to all library customers, the Librarian seeks to maintain a comprehensive collection of Virginia law and law-related materials. Virginia specific resources include the records and briefs corresponding to published opinions of the Virginia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, CLE publications distributed by the Virginia Law Foundation and an extensive collection of Virginia legal treatises. The collection complements the general legal collections held by private law firms in the Richmond area, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Library and the William T. Muse Law Library at the University of Richmond.

Selection and retention of materials in the law library is made pursuant to a written collection development policy. This policy ensures responsible management of the library's fiscal resources and reflects the legal research needs of the library's primary customer group, the Virginia appellate judiciary.

In 1973 the library was designated a selective Federal Depository Library; federal publications relevant to the library's mission are selected from almost every agency in the federal government. Access to official federal information online is provided via GPO Access, a free service of the U.S. Government Printing Office.

For our primary customers, Interlibrary Loan provides access to materials not a part of the library collection. Interlibrary Loan services are available to all Virginia Supreme Court and Virginia Court of Appeals employees, as well as employees of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission and the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission. Duration of the loan period and any restrictions on use are set by the lending library. Since 2003, the law library has housed the Supreme Court of Virginia Archives, collecting, maintaining and preserving a range of papers, documents, photographs and other materials related to the court and its history.