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Reported to House amended (09/27/2008)

Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act - Authorizes appropriations to the Librarian of Congress, in addition to any other amounts made available, for maintaining and administering the operations of the law library of the Library of Congress, including the cataloguing of its collections.

Requires the Law Librarian of Congress, to the extent practicable in using such funds, to catalog and archive nonproprietary material in the collections of the Law Library electronically in a nonproprietary and nondiscriminatory format.

Requires the Librarian of Congress, in preparing the annual budget for the Library of Congress, to ensure that all amounts attributable to salaries and expenses of the law library are set forth separately as a separate line item.

Directs the Librarian, acting through the Law Librarian of Congress, to establish and operate a program to be known as the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Support Program, to provide enhanced or special services and programs for the Law Library and otherwise support the mission of the Law Library.

Allows acceptance of donations of private funds, in-kind contributions, and voluntary services in support of the Program.

Establishes a separate account in the Treasury for use solely by the Librarian to carry out the Program.

Requires an annual report to Congress, the American Bar Association, and the American Association of Law Libraries on Program funding and activities.

Authorizes appropriations.