Division of Legislative Services
Legislative Reference Center

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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:

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 - )
  • Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia
  • Virginia Administrative Code
  • Attorney General Opinions (1883 - present)
  • Budget submissions (1989 - present)
  • Fiscal Impact Statements

Federal Law

  • United States Code Annotated
  • American Jurisprudence
  • Constitutions of the United States (National and State)

Reference Materials

  • Virginia Statistical Abstract
  • U.S. Statistical Abstract
  • Black's Law Dictionary
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Jefferson's Manual
  • Report of the Secretary of the Commonwealth (Bluebook)
  • Maps
  • Howard's Commentaries
  • Virginia Constitutional Debater

The LRC also offers Internet access to its patrons.


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