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Federal Government Information at KPL

Kalamazoo Public Library is a Federal Depository Library, participating in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), providing free public access to U.S. government information since 1907. Everyone may use our public computers with a library card or visitor’s pass.

We have numerous historical federal government publications in our collections. Search for tangible government materials through our online catalog.

Most current federal government information is available online.

FDLP Basic Collection: Core U.S. Government Resources

Resource Description
These resources are vital sources of information about the workings and essential activities of the U.S. Government.
Assistance Listings
Provides detailed, public descriptions of Federal assistance listings available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups, and individuals.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
Presents educational content for the public on the workings of the U.S. Government and U.S. history, with a focus on civics.
Budget of the United States Government
Contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications issued throughout the fiscal year.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
A finding tool for publications from all three branches of the U.S. government. Updated daily, it contains descriptive records for current and historical publications and provides direct links to those online.

Code of Federal Regulations
The annual edition of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by departments and agencies of the U.S. Government.

Compilation of Presidential Documents
The official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary.

Provides information about legislative activities, publications, and other related materials for members of Congress and the public. .

Congressional Record
The official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published daily when Congress is in session. (Note: This is the daily edition. There is also a bound edition.)
The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
Also known as the Constitution Annotated, includes the U.S. Constitution and analysis and interpretation, with in-text annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Economic Indicators
Published monthly by the Council of Economic Advisors for the Joint Economic Committee, provides economic information on GDP, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics.
The Economic Report of the President to the Congress
An annual report, issued by the Executive Office of the President and the Council of Economic Advisors,providing on overview of economic progress, with extensive data appendices.
Explore Census Data (also known as data.census.gov)
A source for population, economic, housing, and geographic information and data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas.
Federal Register
The daily publication of the rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, along with executive orders.

A database providing authenticated access to official publications from all three branches of the U.S. Government.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) A resource for occupational and career information, providing profiles on a majority of jobs in the United States. Profiles describe the work environment, education and training needed, a ten year outlook, and median pay for workers.

Official Congressional Directory
Includes biographical and directory information about members of the House and Senate, committee memberships, terms of service, and related content.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Official publication of the President’s addresses, writings, and remarks.
Social Security Handbook
Resource for the most common questions about Social Security.
United States Code
The codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States, divided by broad subjects into 53 titles.
The United States Government Manual
The official handbook of the U.S. Government, providing information on the agencies from all three branches, quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, boards, commissions, and committees.
United States Reports
Contains the final version of the opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States.
United States Statutes at Large
Contains the permanent laws enacted during each session of Congress.
A subject-based portal to Federal services and resources online. A Spanish site is also available.

Other useful tools to help you find information

  • FDLP Resource Guides – Each guide has links to numerous federal government websites about a particular topic.
  • GovInfo.gov’s Other Resources (previously called ‘Core Documents of Our Democracy) – Includes historic cornerstone U.S. documents and links to many other key federal agencies’ websites.
  • U.S. Federal Documents in HathiTrust – Digitized collection of over 970,000 items in HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries.

If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact us with your question.

If you have a question that we cannot answer, you can submit it to the Government Information Online Librarian or reach out to other Federal Depository Libraries across the country.

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