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Government Documents

Sarah Gotschall
Government Documents Librarian

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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.

Online Resources

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 GPO’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.

Research Guides

There are a number of excellent research guides available on law library websites to aid in the search for government documents.

Finding Government Documents Today

Federal Government Resources on the Internet: An A to Z Sampler

Duke Law Government Documents

Page Updated:  28 April 2010