The State Law Library has an extensive law collection consisting of the laws, regulations, and higher court decisions of the U.S. government and all fifty states which can be searched through the online catalog/PILOT. The State Library also subscribes to many government, law and code databases. The laws and administrative codes of all fifty states are available in the State Capitol Universe database. This collection is especially strong in current and historical Pennsylvania law materials, and includes Pennsylvania appellate court records and briefs, legal treatises and periodicals, and Pennsylvania county court reports.
This area also provides access to the State and Federal Documents collections.
Pennsylvania State Documents Depository
The State Library is the official depository for printed publications of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This collection provides an historical repository of materials of the government of Pennsylvania from the 1700s to the present. A system of depository libraries has been set up so that many state publications can be used at locations outside of Harrisburg. Many of the publications are available electronically and may be located and accessed through the online catalog/PILOT. Also see Government Information on the Web for links to more Pennsylvania government information.
Federal Documents Depository
The State Library participates in the U.S. Government Printing Office Federal Depository Program. The collection dates back to the mid 1800s, with new materials being received on a continual basis. The State Library is the Regional Federal Depository Library for the Commonwealth, and therefore receives a copy of every U.S. government publication distributed to depository libraries. Many federal publications are published electronically and may be located and accessed through the online catalog/PILOT, while others are available on the web at U.S. Government Printing Office Access and USA.gov.