Government Documents

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The Law Library is an official selective depository library of the United States government. As a result, Administrative and judicial decisions, executive agency reports and other documents issued by the Federal government are included within our collection. These materials are located throughout the Library.   Most are concentrated in the print and microform Government Documents collection (second floor), the Federal Materials Collection (fifth floor), Reference (fourth floor), Reserve (fourth floor), and the Reading Room (fourth floor). The publications in the primary Government Documents Collection (on the second floor) are arranged according to the Superintendent of Documents classification system (SuDoc). Some documents have not yet been cataloged in the Law School online catalog. Numerous print and online indexes, however, provide access to the collection. For more information about government documents, their availability and use, contact our government documents Librarian.

As the result of changing technology, legal information is now available in a wide variety of formats. Format is often determined by availability. All publications are therefore selected in the appropriate/available format considering content, usage, service, and storage. Paper is format of first choice for frequently consulted materials whenever possible. To date, most electronic products have been selected as additional selections, not alternatives. Microfiche copies duplicating certain paper materials are acquired for subjects that are of strong interest to the Law School community. Commercial online computer databases that facilitate access to government information are also available to the researcher.  Click below for links to government documents.