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Law & Reference Library

The Law & Reference Library is open to the public!

Librarian is available: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday (Eastern)
Closed weekends and Federal Holidays

Phone: 202-523-5762


The Federal Maritime Commission’s law/reference library contains a large variety of books, directories, encyclopedias, journals, magazines, reports, microforms, and videos. Its holdings consist of specialized material primarily covering the various segments of the international shipping industry, as well as historical and current regulatory materials covering all phases of shipping in the U.S. foreign trades. It also contains material on several related fields such as engineering, economics, political science and an extensive collection of legal publications. The Library collection includes law encyclopedias, engineering textbooks, legal treatises, Comptroller General Decisions, and selected titles of the National Reporter system. The Library’s holdings consist of approximately 8,700 volumes and numerous microfiches, CD-ROMs, and on-line services.

The Library is an information source for Commission staff, government agencies, private organizations, and the public.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Library and use the materials; however, all collection materials must be used in the Library during Library hours of operation. Library materials will only be released through an interlibrary loan request. The Library accepts requests from other libraries by phone, fax, or through Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The Library’s OCLC symbol is: DRF. If the borrowing library does not use the OCLC interlibrary loan system, a signed American Library Association interlibrary loan form is required. The Library will only loan books, reports, and all but the most current magazines through the interlibrary loan system. Loans are for a two week period, with a one week renewal.