Library Tours

Showcasing Local Institutions

Library tours are offered during the AALL Annual Meeting to showcase a variety of local libraries. Each tour will be escorted by a member of the Local Arrangements Committee. All tours will require transportation—either a combination of Metro train and walking or taxi/rideshare service. While there is no fee for the tours themselves, transportation costs are the responsibility of the registrant.

Registration

Advance registration is required for all tours by June 14 and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to limited availability, please sign up for only one tour. A confirmation will be sent to tour registrants with more detailed information before the conference. Tours are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient registration.

  • VINSON & ELKINS LIBRARY

    Saturday, July 13

    Vinson & Elkins lawyers provide legal services to domestic and international clients in numerous industries, particularly those with litigation and regulatory matters involving the federal government. The lawyers and staff in the Washington, DC office work with several pro bono legal service organizations, have partnered with two organizations that provide legal advice to low-income clients, and have mentored and tutored students from Washington’s first law-themed charter high school. The tour will include a panel discussion regarding the state of law firm libraries.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet tour registrants in the Washington Convention Center (WCC) across from Room 144 A on the street level. Registrants will be escorted from the Metro station in the convention center to the library.

    Tour will depart at 1:15 p.m.
    Tour of host library: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Travel time is approximately 30 minutes each way. Metro fare is $2.00 each way.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30

  • AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW / PENCE LAW LIBRARY

    Sunday, July 14

    The Pence Law Library is the hub of legal research at the Washington College of Law. The library is in the Warren Building, spanning three floors. In addition to a robust U.S. legal collection, the library has specialized foreign & international law and human rights collections. The library has also been a federal government depository for more than thirty years and has a selected collection of federal primary resources.

    Two tours will be offered for this library. A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet tour registrants in the Washington Convention Center (WCC) across from Room 144 A on the street level. Registrants will be escorted from the Metro station in the convention center to the library.

    Tour 1 will depart at 9:25 a.m.
    Tour of host library: 10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

    Tour 2 will depart at 12:20 p.m.
    Tour of host library: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

    Travel time is approximately 30–45 minutes each way. Metro fare is $2.00 each way.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20

  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND LAW LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

    TUESday, July 16

    The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

    In 1832, The Law Library of Congress was officially established to provide the United States Congress and Supreme Court with access to current and accurate legal research materials. Over time, the mission was expanded to include other branches of the U.S. Government, the public and the global legal community. The Law Library has grown over the years to become the world’s largest, with a collection that spans the ages and covers virtually every jurisdiction in the world. As the leading research center for foreign, comparative, and international law, the Library also provides valuable reference assistance to the scholarly community and to law practitioners across the nation and the globe.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet tour registrants in the Washington Convention Center (WCC) across from Room 144 A on the street level. Registrants will be divided into smaller groups on arrival at the Library of Congress (the Law Library of Congress is across the street), and will be required to go through security.

    Tour will depart at 12:00 p.m.
    Tour of host library: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Travel time is approximately 30–40 minutes each way. Metro fare is $2.00 each way.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 60

  • SUPREME COURT LIBRARY

    TUESday, July 16

    The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest tribunal in the nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution. The Library occupies the third floor of the Supreme Court Building and has a collection of more than 500,000 volumes. To meet the informational needs of the Court, librarians draw on electronic retrieval systems and their microform collection, in addition to books. The Bar Reading Room is one of the most beautiful spaces in the Supreme Court Building, if not the entire city. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the room was originally intended to be used by the Supreme Court Bar, with the Justices having a private library.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet tour registrants in the Washington Convention Center (WCC) across from Room 144 A on the street level. Registrants will be escorted from the Metro station in the convention center to the library, and will be required to go through security with a photo ID.

    Tour will depart at 12:30 p.m.
    Tour of host library: 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

    Travel time is approximately 30–40 minutes each way. Metro fare is $2.00 each way. Registrants may stay later to tour the rest of the building on their own.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30

  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES

    Tuesday, July 16

    The National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) Library is devoted to collecting and providing access to resources that support scholarship in African American history, culture, and the African Diaspora. The Library also supports research in genealogy and family history.

    Located on the second level of the museum, the Library features a reading room with public computer stations, stack space for 11,000 volumes, electronic and print resources, and a display case for rotating exhibits of items from the library and archives. The museum opened to the public in 2016 as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet tour registrants in the Washington Convention Center (WCC) across from Room 144 A on the street level. Registrants will be escorted from the Metro station in the convention center to the library, and will be required to go through security with a photo ID.

    Tour will depart at TBD
    Tour of host library: TBD

    Travel time is approximately 30–40 minutes each way. Metro fare is $2.00 each way. Registrants may visit the museum after the library tour; no ticket required.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30