Law Library Information: Government Documents
Federal Depository Library Program
The federal government publishes a vast quantity of information.
Many of these publications are distributed to libraries by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) as part
of the Federal Depository Library Program. Participating libraries receive depository materials for free in exchange
for providing access to the public.
The Library has been a selective depository since 1991 and currently receives approximately 11% of available federal documents. The collection is comprised of official court reporters, statutes, legislative history materials, regulations, administrative agency rulings, annual reports for selected agencies, treaty materials, and other law-related publications. The University of Arizona Main Library is also a depository library.
Members of the public are free to access our print collection of government documents at any time during normal Library hours. Many government documents are available in electronic format through the Library's online catalog or WorldCat.
A wealth of government documents are also available through other online sources.
GPO Access - GPO site which provides access to legislative, executive, and judicial information. The information on the site is migrating to GPOâ€™s Federal Digital System (FDsys).
FDsys - GPO site which provides public access to Government information submitted by Congress and federal agencies and preserved as technology changes.
FirstGov - Official U.S. government portal which serves as a central location for federal, state, tribal, and local government information.
Thomas - Library of Congress site which provides access to legislation information.
Catalog of US Government Publications - GPO site which provides access to current and historical publications.
There are a number of excellent research guides available on law library websites to aid in the search for government documents.
Page Updated: April 29 2010