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Congressional Committee Hearings

Thomas J. O'Halloran, photographer. Dr. Mills drawing diagrams on a blackboard in congressional hearing. 1957. Harris & U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest.

Learn more about Congressional Hearings at govInfo

Subscription Databases for Finding Congressional Committee Hearings

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Free Resources for Finding Congressional Hearings

Online Media Resources for Congressional Hearings

Print Collections of Congressional Hearings at the Library of Congress

At the Library of Congress print collections for Congressional Hearings are found in the Law Library of Congress and the Main Reading Room.  More information about using those collections is found below.

The Government Depository Collection at the Library of Congress

The Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room keeps the latest ten years of U.S. Government Documents in print or on microfiche as part of the U.S. Federal Government Depository Collection.  A SuDoc number is necessary in order to request these.  GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications can help you find the SuDoc numbers.