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US Code

Federal statutes are laws passed by the United States Congress. These acts are published in chronological order in the Statutes at Large. The acts are then arranged by topic and published as the U.S. Code, abbreviated as U.S.C.

The U.S. Code (U.S.C.) is available online from a variety of institutions, including the following:

For other ways to access the U.S. Code, see our United States Code guide. This guide also details how to access older versions of the statutes.


The library has two annotated versions (versions with additional references and summaries of related cases) of the U.S. Code in print:

For more information, see the United States Code guide. 

For how to find the Statutes at Large, see the Federal Acts (Public Laws) guide.