Is it possible to access a library constant in a contract that imports the library?

I am using solidity 0.4.11

For instance:

library Lib {

    bytes1 constant flag = 0x01

separate file

import Lib    
contract A {
    bytes1 x = (I have tried Lib.flag, and flag, neither works)

Trying to use Lib.flag, I get Member "flag" not found or not visible after argument-dependent lookup in type(library Lib).

Trying to use flag, I get Undeclared identifier.



pragma solidity ^0.4.7;

library lib {

    bytes1 public constant  flag = 0x01;

    function g() constant returns (bytes1){
    return flag;


contract test {

     bytes1 x = lib.g();

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    Sure, I understand I could create a getter function, but that doesn't really answer my question. It seems like library constants should be accessible in the contract since internal functions are accessible. Is this not the case? – Jake Gillberg May 11 '17 at 16:19
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    I have the same question any development? – Sig Touri May 13 '17 at 12:14
  • @SigTouri Unfortunately no that's not possible. Check my new answer below. – Paul Razvan Berg Mar 6 '19 at 15:46

you can store a constant value in a library and then add a function that returns the constant, and then call that function inside your regular contract.

pragma solidity ^0.5.0;

library L{
    address public constant t = 0x2020202020202020202020202020202020202020;

    function tAddress() public pure returns(address){
        return t;

contract C{
    function getAddress() public pure returns(address){
        return L.tAddress();

Using Solidity ^0.5.0

pragma solidity >=0.5.0 <0.6.0;

library MyLib {
    bytes1 public constant AWESOME_FLAG = 0x01;

contract MyContract {
    function getFlag() public returns (bytes1) {
        return MyLib.AWESOME_FLAG;

The answer is no, you cannot do that. The following error is thrown:

TypeError: Member "AWESOME_FLAG" not found or not visible after argument-dependent lookup in type(library MyLib).

  • Any alternative. I'm having problems with contracts reaching the max.size limit. Trying to move contstants to an aux.library just doesn't work, and calling a public function does not decrease the contract size at all. :( – earizon May 14 '19 at 14:25

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