One of the many Government Publications that the library receives and shelves annually is the Code of Federal Regulations. As all law students should know, the C.F.R. contains all of the current regulations from all federal agencies, organized by subject.
The C.F.R. is an annual publication, but only one quarter of the whole set is published at a time, and we have just recently received our first volumes of 2014. Although the contents may have few surprises, the Government Printing Office selects a new color for the spines of the C.F.R. volumes every year. This year, the chosen color for the C.F.R. is — Purple:
The first group (Titles 1-16) come to us in the late winter or early spring. Other titles follow quarterly until all 50 are received. When the set is complete, the process starts over again. Previous editions of the CFR can be found on the Federal Digital System (back to 1996) and HeinOnline (back to 1938) among other places. More fun facts about the CFR can be found at the website for the Government Printing Office.
Here’s hoping that this spring-like color will truly bring an end to our dismal winter.