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Freedom of Information Day

Portrait of President James Madison

Freedom of Information Day is celebrated annually on the birthday of President James Madison. President Madison, who is known as the Father of the Constitution, was also a lifelong advocate for openness and transparency of government. On March 16 we thank him for being a champion of public access to government information. Many of the resources you use at the Library each day are available because of his advocacy at the founding of our nation.

Lauinger Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1969, allowing us to make accessible a huge variety of federal government publications to everyone on the Hilltop. While many of these government records are available online, we still hold a large number of print documents here in Lauinger. Take a moment to check out just a small sample of the incredible information available!

  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications: More than 500,000 Congressional Serials, Congressional Publications, Government E-Books and more, updated daily.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library: Electronic documents made available by the Dudley Knox Library at the Naval Postgraduate School, including U.S. policy documents, strategy documents, and more.
  • Data.gov: Find, download, and use datasets generated and held by the Federal Government.
  • Federal Register: A daily publication detailing new and proposed regulations of the executive agencies.
  • Print Government Documents: You can search for physical documents in GEORGE by limiting your search to the location ‘LAU Gov Docs Dept’.

Find even more information at our Government Information LibGuide!