Digitizing the United States Congressional Serial Set

GPO, in collaboration with the Law Library of Congress, has started a large multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set back to the first volume, which was published in 1817.

The United States Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, is a compilation of all numbered House and Senate reports and documents, including executive reports and treaty documents, issued for each session of Congress. As a chronicle of events of the U.S. Congress over the years, the Serial Set is one of the Nation’s most treasured publications. The Law Library of Congress will digitize the Serial Set. GPO will securely store the files in its certified preservation repository where the documents cannot be edited or tampered with in any way. GPO will upload volumes of the official Serial Set in phases for free public access on govinfo, the one-stop site for authentic, published Government information. The entire effort is expected to take at least a decade to complete.

Spring 2020 Update

Digitization began in fall 2019 and will continue for some time. As it continues, the list of needed volumes will grow, so please regularly check our Serial Set needs list on the FDLP LibGuides and FDLP eXchange. We need your help to ensure all volumes are digitized.

LSCM staff are also working to gather bibliographic metadata about each volume and the individual reports and documents contained within the volumes. If you know of any community produced Serial Set metadata resources, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resources and Background Information