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Government Documents

About the Government Documents Collection

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Lauinger Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1969. This program, administered by the Government Printing Office, allows libraries to obtain federal government publications while agreeing to maintain the collection and provide public access and information services. Check the library use policies and hours for information on physical access in the library. Persons with disabilities can make arrangements to use equipment through the Academic Resources Center.

Many (although not all) government documents are available online, either from official government websites like FDSys or, or from one of our subscription databases such as ProQuest Congressional or HeinOnline. See our Government Information Research Guide for more details.

Lauinger's print government documents can be found by searching GEORGE, the library catalog; you may limit your search to the location 'LAU Gov Docs Dept'. However, since government documents and government information come in many formats (print, microform, online, and electronic formats like CD-ROMs and DVDs) start with a more general search by keyword or subject for best results. Our depository collection's strengths include the areas of defense, commerce, presidential and congressional documents, and regulatory documents. 

Depository print publications are found on the Lower Level of Lauinger Library. Depository CD's or DVD's with a GEORGE location of 'LAU Reserves' are shelved in cabinets at the 3rd floor Circulation Desk and circulate for 3 days. Depository microforms are found with other microforms on the Lower Level.

For assistance with finding government documents, please contact the Lauinger Reference Department.