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General Counsel Law Library

The General Counsel Law Library is located in the DOE Headquarters Forrestal building on the 6th floor of Forrestal between the A and B corridors at 6A-156 or 6B-157. The Library is open M-F from 8:30 to 5:30 for assistance with printed and online legal resources.  The doors to the Law Library remain open as long as the Forrestal Building is accessible, however, the lights are turned off at 5:30 each night.  The Law Librarian is available for research and reference support Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:30.

All books taken from the Law Library by DOE employees should be signed out.  Please ask the Librarian for assistance.  When returning books, please leave them at the circulation desk or on the book carts provided in the Library.

Contact us with any questions:
P: (202) 586-4848
F: (202) 586-0865
Law.Library@hq.doe.gov

Legislative History
The Legislative History Library is also available to GC staff to help answer research questions.  Legislative histories are not to be removed from the library but may be viewed on site in room 6B-127.  For more information, contact the Legislative History Librarian at (202) 586-2886.

Library Collection
The Law Library holds a number of books and series in its collection meant for legal research.  Below is a basic outline of the library’s holdings and organization.

  • Aisles 1-5, 7, and 9-14: Regional case reporters, Federal Supplement, and Federal Reporter
  • Aisle 6: U.S. Reports and Supreme Court Reporter
  • Aisle 8: District of Columbia Code, Annotated Code of Maryland, West’s Virginia Code, and legal reference materials
  • Aisles 14-17: Statutory materials including the Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, and U.S. Code Annotated
  • Aisles 17-19: Regulatory materials including the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register
  • Aisles 20 and 28-30: Executive agency materials including reports and decisions
  • Aisles 21-25: Case digests and miscellaneous materials
  • Aisles 25 and 26: Additional case reporters
  • Aisles 26-27 and 32-34: General collection containing handbooks and treatises on legal and energy related topics
  • Aisles 30 and 35-38: Archived law journals and law reviews