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Slovenian Collections in the Library of Congress

Legal Materials

Selection of new Slovenian books on law. Law Library of Congress.

For decades foreign legal materials have been a collecting priority at the Library of Congress, and publications from Slovenia are no exception. The Law Library of Congress has an extensive collection of Slovenian and former Yugoslav laws, court decisions, commentaries, and a nearly complete run of Uradni list [Official gazette], including gazettes from the 19th century such as Zakonik in ukazni list za vojvodstvo krajnsko [Law code and decrees from the Duchy of Krajna] published in Ljubljana (Laibach) in the 1860s. The Law Library also has many books and studies on various legal topics relating to Slovenia and runs of legal periodicals including Ljudski pravnik: LP [People's Advocate], Podjetje in delo: revija za gospodarsko, delovno in socialno pravo [Business and work: Review for economic, labor and social law], Pravnik [Lawyer],  Pravnik slovenski [Slovenian advocate] published from 1870-1872, and the pre-World War II Samouprava [Self-government].

In addition to collecting works on Slovenian law, the Law Library has published a number of works related to some legal aspect of Slovenian or former Yugoslav law such as the status of refugees, visas, and foreign adoption policies. Freely available legal reports and other resources from or about Slovenia from the Law Library of Congress are linked in the guide to Slovenian online legal resources described below.

About the Law Library of Congress

The Law Library of Congress contains the world’s largest collection of law books and legal resources. It is a repository for the complete record of American law and holds foreign law materials covering all major national, state, and equivalent jurisdictions. In 1832, the Law Library was officially established to provide the United States Congress and Supreme Court with access to current and accurate legal research materials. Over time, our mission was expanded to include other branches of the U.S. Government, the public, and the global legal community. This evolving mission is supported by a collection of around three million volumes and brings together the expertise of approximately 100 lawyers, librarians, other professionals, and support staff who provide legal reference, research, and analysis using the Law Library’s collection. We also draw upon the collections and expertise of our colleagues throughout the Library of Congress.