This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents., Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)
While government documents may not inspire the same excitement as the latest John Grisham novel, both are essential elements of our mission. The Library has served as a Federal Depository Library since 1883, providing public access to a wide variety of government documents, in various formats.
What are government documents? If you've ever been to a national park and picked up a map or brochure, you've read a government document. Have you ever filed your taxes? Consulted a topographic map before a hike? Remember the Warren Commission and the Starr Report? Are you a genealogy buff who has used the Census to help you with your search. All of those are examples of government documents. Local students also find them valuable for their National History Day projects.
Aside from the numerous documents we carry, USA.gov is a fantastic source of all types of information provided by the US government.
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