What are Government Documents?
A government document is a publication issued, published or financed by a government agency.
Such agencies may be:
In addition to typical government documents such as laws, congressional hearings, and court reports, there are a variety of materials on a wide range of topics.
Many items are listed in OSCAR. Please ask Library Help Desk staff if you need assistance. Increasingly, government information is available online and the Library receives fewer publications in print. Some titles can be accessed from a link in the library catalog.
Yes, most government document materials circulate for six weeks. Reference materials and periodicals do not circulate, but users may make photocopies.
Most government documents are in the Automated Retrieval System (ARS). Some documents are on open shelves - the library catalog will indicate a Government Documents Lower Level location. If you aren't sure where the title you need is located, ask at the Library Help Desk.
Please feel free to ask Library staff for assistance. Many users will need additional help in order to find and use Government Documents effectively.