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U.S. Federal Documents: Home

Northwestern University Libraries have been a U.S. Federal Depository Library since 1876. Our collection includes materials in paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, DVD formats and online formats. This guide is based on a similar guide by Kelly Smith at UCSD.

COVID-19 & NU Library Federal Government Collections

NUSearch includes information about publications from federal agencies in both print and online formats, although not all of our collection in physical formats (print, microfiche) appears in NUSearch.

Effective June 8, 2020, physical items in the Evanston campus libraries and the Oak Grove Library Center can be requested through NUSearch and an appointment for pickup scheduled

Alternatively, search the HathiTrust repository for publications from federal agencies.  More than 1.3 million federal publications have been digitized and, being in the public domain, are available to all.

For assistance locating government information, please contact

Get Started Using Government Information

Key Tools to Locate Government Information

Indexes to pre-1976 Government Publications

Unless otherwise noted, links go to NUSearch, which provides call number and location information for these print resources.

Collections of Digitized Documents

The vast majority of government publications are now published directly to the web, ensuring widespread availability. However, access to most older government documents remains somewhat limited; these items are generally only available in libraries that are part of the depository program.  Many libraries and other organizations, such as those noted below, are working to increase availability by creating digitized copies of these older documents.

How to Cite Government Publications

Open Access for Federally Funded Research

Research Help

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Anne Zald
Anne Zald
Subjects: Government Information; Social Science Data; Regulatory Compliance
Main Library Room 1214
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Skype Contact: anne.zald