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State Materials

Find primary legal materials for the states

Current Statutes & Codes

The Burns Law Library collaborates with the law libraries at Georgetown and American University to collect and maintain state codes in print. Each library maintains only a selection of the codes; collectively, all states are covered. The state codes in print that the Burns Law Library maintains are available on the 2nd floor (Burns), and may be identified by the blue "Library Collection" icons below. If the state code you need is available at either Georgetown or American University, place an interlibrary loan request for the section you need.

The general rule is that each library will provide expedited (i.e., 24-hour) interlibrary loan service to the other libraries for scanned pages of print codes to which a user's home library no longer subscribes. The Law Library of Congress has all 50 states' codes in print.

To locate The Bluebook-preferred citation sources, see Table T1.3.

To verify the most current statutory publications, use Hein Checklist of Statutes (State and Territorial), a state-by-state checklist. Current edition also available at the Reference Desk (1st floor of the Library).

Superseded Statutes & Codes

The Burns Law Library's microfiche collection (Fiche 112) contains Hein's Superseded State Statutes and Codes, which is another source to consult if the material is unavailable in HeinOnline's State Statutes: A Historical Archive.

(Fiche 112 is located on Lower Level 2 (LL2). The fiche reader is located on Lower Level 1 (LL1).)