Can I submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request through the Library?

Requests for Library records must be made directly by emailing with the request. FOIA requests from the Copyright Office are detailed below.  

NOTE: The Library of Congress, an agency in the Legislative branch of the Federal Government, is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552). However, in the spirit of the FOIA, and in keeping with our own regulations regarding the release of records, the Library of Congress makes the fullest possible disclosure of records consistent with the functions and duties of the Library. 


For Copyright Office FOIA requests:

The U.S. Copyright Office is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 USC § 552, which requires agencies to make their records available to the public either proactively or in response to a request, subject to certain conditions and exceptions. FOIA also has nine exemptions and three exclusions that permit agencies, including the Office, to withhold a record in part or in full in limited circumstances. You can email directly to make your request.   More info:


Last Updated: Aug 26, 2022
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