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What is a Federal Depository Library?

Federal Government information is made available for free public use in depository libraries around the country in over 1,200 locations. Find your local Federal depository library.

What can I find at a Federal Depository Library?

  • Information on topics such as health, business, careers, the military, science, technology, travel, nutrition, and more
  • Books, maps, microfiche, journals, periodicals, and more
  • Historical publications dating back to the early days of the republic
  • Expert reference assistance from Government information librarians
  • Access to online Government information resources
  • A network of librarians to facilitate access to materials located at other libraries

Depositories also provide online access to Government information. GPO online services are offered to help users of all ages find Federal information, and depository librarians provide expert assistance in using these online services:

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
  • The finding tool for descriptive records for historic and current publications from the Government
  • Direct links to online publications
GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys)
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government
Quick Links

America's Authentic Government Information

Federal Depository Libraries
Locate a Federal Depository Library Near You

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Search for tangible and electronic publications from the three branches of Government.

askGPO Service
Subject matter experts are avaliable to answers your questions in a timely manner.