Legislative Research Librarians


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Nominations Open!

For the 2022 LRL Legislative Staff Achivement Awards recognizing excellence in the work of a state legislature and strengthening the legislative institution. All members of LRL and legislative libraries are eligible for this award. Nominations may be submitted by the nominee, their coworkers or by other members of the staff association. Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 6th.



2022 Notable Document Awards

Nominations Open! Every year, hundreds of documents are produced through the work of state legislatures or support legislative work. We're looking for documents that stand out from the pack. Any state or legislative document published in the last two years is eligible. Nomination deadline: May 20, 2022. Don't delay!  



Legislative Research Librarians (LRL)


2020 Mason's Manual Now Available

Mason’s Manual is the only parliamentary manual designed specifically for state legislatures and addresses problems and concepts in the context legislators are likely to deal with them. Not only is the 2020 edition available in time for the 2021 legislative session, but for the first time ever, it is offered in both print and digital formats. Accessing parliamentary laws, rules and procedures has never been easier.


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Stay Informed

The Spring 2022 LRL Newsline is now available! Published three times a year and created with you in mind, the LRL Newsline is designed to keep you up to date on LRL activities and communications. It also provides valuable information and knowledge-sharing among legislative librarians across the nation.



About LRL

See a list of LRL Officers and regional directors, the LRL Directory, Bylaws, Acqusition Lists and much more.


Preserving Legislative Digital Records

State legislatures face critical challenges in preserving digital materials. This site provides background information and tools and resources from NCSL and other organizations working to keep legislative digital records trustworthy, complete and accessible over time.


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Legislator's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure

Now available online! This guide provides basic parliamentary information in an easy-to-read format. It is not a comprehensive parliamentary manual nor does it cover every nuance of legislative procedure. Rather, it serves as a primer on parliamentary fundamentals.  


NCSL: Your Organization

Working in a state capitol is stressful, but NCSL is here to help. We have policy specialists on call anytime, and a website where you’ll find the latest research on the issues you’re working on. Our professional development programs will connect you with people in your field from around the country. Watch the video to find out all the ways that NCSL can help you shine.