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Reference Center Services

The Legislative Reference Center serves the information needs of members of the General Assembly and legislative staff. Limited reference assistance is provided to other government agencies and members of the public. The reference center's legal authority is § 30-28.16 of the Code of Virginia.

The reference center's collection combines that of a law library and a public administration library. It focuses primarily on providing access to Virginia legislation and law publications, but the collection also includes topical material to support the research needs of Division of Legislative Services staff and General Assembly members. Items circulate only to patrons located within the General Assembly Building. The following is a partial listing of the materials in the reference center's collection:

Federal Law

  • United States Code Annotated
  • U.S. Supreme Court Reports
  • American Jurisprudence
  • ALR 4th, 5th, and Federal
  • U.S. Code, Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN)
  • Congressional Quarterly

Virginia Law

  • Code of Virginia
  • Virginia Administrative Code
  • Virginia Court of Appeals Reports
  • Virginia Supreme Court Reports
  • Law reviews from all Virginia law schools
  • Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia

Topical Areas

  • Criminal Justice
  • Commerce and Trade
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Labor and Employment
  • Political Science and Public Administration
  • Social Services/Welfare
  • Taxation and Finance
  • Transportation

Virginia Law and Legislation

  • All printed House and Senate bills
  • Acts of Assembly (1813 - present)
  • House and Senate Journals (1871 - present)
  • House and Senate Calendars (1979 - present)
  • House and Senate Documents
  • Code of Virginia
  • Obsolete Virginia Codes (1619 - )
  • Virginia Administrative Code
  • Attorney General Opinions (1883 - present)
  • Budget submissions (1989 - present)

Reference Materials

  • Virginia Statistical Abstract
  • U.S. Statistical Abstract
  • Black's Law Dictionary
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Virginia phone books
  • Jefferson's Manual
  • Federal government directories
  • Local government directories
  • Report of the Secretary of the Commonwealth (Bluebook)
  • Maps

The LRC also offers Internet access to its patrons and a small selection of CD-ROM products, including Virginia tax law.

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