Circuit Library

The Circuit Library is the circuit’s primary law library and provides a full range of library support services to the circuit’s judicial officers and staff. These services include performing research, acquiring reference materials, developing and maintaining the Library’s and chambers’ collections, procuring law books, periodicals, and other reference materials, and providing technical support. The Library also subscribes to a number of online reference tools for the use of judges, law clerks, and court staff.

The Library’s collection includes more than 150,000 books, over 300 periodicals, and many large microform sets such as Supreme Court briefs, congressional hearing records, and both The New York Times and The Washington Post.

For more than 40 years, the Circuit Library has maintained a complete collection of congressional documents. As such, it serves as a primary source for these materials and assists the other federal circuit libraries, as well as many executive branch agencies and private law firm libraries throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, by lending items from this extensive collection.

In 1996, the D.C. Circuit Judicial Council adopted the following User Policy for the Circuit Library:

The law library of this Circuit shall be open only to court personnel and members of the bar of the Court of Appeals or the District Court and to any person who is counsel or a party in a case pending in this Circuit, or by the permission of a judge of this Circuit. Any person wishing to use the government document collection will be admitted for that purpose, subject to generally applicable security and other restrictions.

The Circuit Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Here is a link to the FDLP "Basic Collection." These titles are vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of the Federal Government.