Puerto Rico’s State Department unveils online library preserving historic legal documents

Puerto Rico's State Department will provide free access to an extensive archive of laws from 1902 to the present. (Capture/Puerto Rico's Government).

By Mivette Vega

January 24, 2024

One of the initiative’s goals is to preserve historical documents for future generations.

Puerto Rico’s State Department has launched the new Virtual Legal Library on its website, as part of its mission to preserve the island’s legal and historical heritage.

The agency will provide free access to an extensive archive of laws from 1902 to the present.

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Another important goal of the initiative is the preservation of historical documents for future generations.

“Historically, the State Department has served as a repository for numerous historical documents, including all laws and regulations signed since the early 20th century. The process of digitizing the documents aims, in part, to preserve this heritage and promote historical, legal, and sociopolitical research,” Puerto Rico Secretary of State Omar Marrero-Díaz said in a news release

The online tool will enable users to carry out precise and detailed searches using various parameters, including the law or regulation number, title, status, and relevant keywords.

“In its initial phase, this website will allow citizens to conduct thorough searches of laws and joint resolutions, greatly simplifying the process of finding and accessing current and historical legislation and regulations,” Marrero-Díaz said.

Visitors will also have access to a comprehensive compilation of important Puerto Rican laws, such as the Civil Code, Electoral Code, Penal Code, and the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act.

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Marrero-Díaz said the website will be updated regularly with the latest laws, joint resolutions, and current regulations.

You can visit the Virtual Legal Library here.



  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.


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