While CRS products are already available electronically to members of Congress, Congressional committees, and CRS's sister agencies (CBO and GAO) through the internal CRS Web system, there is no official public access, except in certain circumstances. For example, specifically identified individual products have been furnished to executive and judicial branch officials and employees, and state and local government officials. Products have been distributed when it has been deemed to enhance CRS service to Congress. Products have also been furnished to members of the media and foreign embassies on request, but only if the requester can make specific reference to the product number or title of the report. On occasion, CRS researchers have provided reports to non-congressional sources including individual researchers, corporations, law offices, private associations, libraries, law firms, and publishers.
Only Members and their staffs can place requests and attend most seminars. While some CRS research and reports may reach the American public, dissemination is at the discretion of congressional clients, except as described above.
Many are available; sources are listed in the external links section below. As with other documents produced by the U.S. Government, the documents are in the public domain in the United States, and not subject to copyright.
- S. Rept. 114-258 - LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS, 2017
- Office of the Director, Library of Congress
- Elizabeth Williamson (2007-03-21). "You'd Know if You Were Congressional". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "The Congressional Research Service and the American Legislative Process" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
- "CRS Memo on Distribution of Reports to Non-Congressionals"
- "Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Resolution of 2012" (H. Res 727)
- The 1914 legislative, executive, and judicial appropriations act -- ch. 141, July 16, 1914. (or possibly 38 STAT 962, 1005). A Google search for these terms reveals "July 16, 1914, ch. 141, Sec. 5(a), (b), (e), 38 Stat. 508; restated Aug. 2, 1946, ch. 744, Sec. 16(a), 60 Stat. 810, 811." The appropriations language read; "Legislative Reference: To enable the Librarian of Congress to employ competent persons to gather, classify, and make available, in translations, indexes, digests, compilations, and bulletins, and otherwise, data for or bearing upon legislation, and to render such data serviceable to Congress and committees and Members thereof, $25,000."
- ch. 753, title II, sec. 203, August 2, 1946, 60 Stat. 812, 836
- Government Information Quarterly Volume 26, Issue 3, July 2009, Pages 437-440
- See 65 Stat. 398.
- P.L. 91-510, title III, sec. 321(a), October 26, 1970, 84 Stat. 1181; 2 U.S.C. 166.
- Miriam A. Drake (2003). "Congressional Research Service". Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Lib-Pub. 3 (2 ed.). CRC Press. "ISBN "978-0-8247-2079-7.
- "What is the Congressional Research Service". Loc.gov. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- Congressional Research Service FY2007 Annual Report, (PDF), Congressional Research Service Home Page, 18 April 2008
- "Annual Report of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for Fiscal Year 2010", p. 33
- <"Annual Report of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for Fiscal Year 2010" p. 34
- "Congressional Research Service Products: Taxpayers Should Have Easy Access". Project on Government Oversight. February 10, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- "A-Z Site Index," Legislative Information System of the U.S. Congress.
- "Congressional Staff Guide to Resources in CRS Research Centers and the La Follette Congressional Reading Room," Congressional Research Service, February 8, 2001, p. CRS-4.
- "Comparison of LIS and THOMAS," http://www.congress.gov/homepage/listhomas.html, downloaded June 28, 2002.
- "Guide to CRS Reports on the Web". Llrx.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "How do I locate copies of Congressional Research Service Reports?". Loyola University Chicago Law Library. August 2005. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
- Annual Report of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for Fiscal Year 2011, p. 2
- See 2 U.S.C. § 166(d)(4).
- "10 Most Wanted Government Documents" (PDF). Cdt.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 17, 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- STROM, STEPHANIE (May 4, 2009). "Group Seeks Public Access to Congressional Research". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "Congressional Policy Concerning the Distribution of CRS Written Products to the Public". Congressional Research Service. March 9, 1999. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- CRS Memo: Distribution of CRS Reports to Non-Congressionals
- National Library for the Environment of the National Council for Science and the Environment (a NGO, not an official government agency)
- Official website
- History of Congressional Research Service and other documents
- "Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service," Washington Monthly magazine, January 2015
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) at UCB Libraries GovPubs
- Internet Archive collection of sites that publish CRS reports: CRS reports site. Harvests include OpenCRS, UNT, FAS, Thurgood Marshall Law Library and others.
- Guide to CRS Reports on the Web
- Open CRS Network, CRS archive by the Center for Democracy and Technology which offers free access to many CRS reports.
- Source Watch website about CRS.
- University of North Texas Libraries Congressional Research Service Reports archive
- Federation of American Scientists Congressional Research Service Reports archive
- Franklin Pierce Law Center CRS Reports archive
- United States Department of State Foreign Press Center CRS Reports archive
- University of Maryland School of Law, Thurgood Marshall Law Library CRS Reports archive