Government documents are publications issued by all levels of government, either to meet legal requirements or to provide useful information for the public. Below you will find a list of the most frequently requested federal government publications. In addition, the Las Vegas Library serves as a federal documents depository for Southern Nevada.
Books for Adults
Statistics describing social, economic, political, and geographic changes in the United States. See also:
United States Historical Census Data Browser.
More books for:
Legislation - United States
Statutes - United States
United States - Politics and Government
National Archives' web site for digital records.
Budget of the U.S. Government (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/)
Provides information on how the federal government spends money, from A Citizens Guide to the Federal Budget, written for the average reader, to extensive economic and historical analyses of the United States budget.
Catalog of US Government Publications (http://catalog.gpo.gov/F)
The authoritative guide to government publications, this web site lists both print and online information sources produced by the federal government since January 1994. The Monthly Catalog is the older, printed, list of official government titles.
Code of Federal Regulations (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html)
The CFR contains administrative regulations, issued by federal agencies or presidential executive order, which are arranged by subject and published annually. Weekly updates are found in the Federal Register.
Congressional Directory (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/)
Staff directory for the legislative, executive, and judicial agencies of the federal government. It features brief biographies, committee memberships, and addresses and phone numbers for staff members.
Congressional Record (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/index.html)
Primary source for information about current legislation passed or under consideration by Congress. It is the official source for recorded votes and verbatim transcripts of debates.
Federal Register (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html)
Daily publication that presents final regulations as they are enacted, proposed rules, notices, and presidential documents. The same information is organized by subject and published annually in the Code of Federal Regulations.
The US Government's Official Website
El portal oficial en español del Gobierno de los EE. UU
Government Information Online (http://govtinfo.org/)
Ask government librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels
GPO Access (http://www.gpoaccess.gov)
Central website for federal government information
House and Senate Bills, etc. (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legislative.html)
This link to legislative information provides access to House and Senate publications.
Public Laws (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plaws/index.html)
Public laws are the permanent statutes enacted by Congress. They are found in the United States Code, which is public law organized into 50 broad subject areas called titles. The United States Statutes at Large contain the public laws that are enacted during each congressional session.
Public Papers of the President (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/pubpapers/index.html)
Papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period.
Slip Laws (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plaws/index.html)
The first published appearance of newly enacted laws in pamphlet form. At the conclusion of each Congressional session, slip laws are incorporated into United States Statutes at Large as session laws. Every six years, session laws are added to the United States Code.
Supreme Court Opinions (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/opinions.html)
The Supreme Court of the United States is the final arbiter in controversies or interpretation of the laws of the United States or the intent of the Constitution. Its decisions are called "Opinions".
Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet (http://thomas.loc.gov/)
Law and Legislation from the Library of Congress
U.S. Census Factfinder (http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en)
Collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. The Abstract is also your guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other federal agencies, and private organizations.
Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm)
Provides detailed statistical information about crimes as reported to the FBI.
US Census (http://www.census.gov/)
The ten-year census required by law provides massive amounts of population, housing, economic, and geographic data. The economic census, as well as other kinds of statistical data, also is found here. Click on American Factfinder to compare information for different areas!
US Code (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/index.html)
The United States Code is the permanent, or public, laws of the United States organized into broad subject areas called titles.
US Constitution (http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/constitution.html)
The basic document establishing the government of the United States, the Constitution of the United States also defines the rights and liberties of citizens.
US Government Manual (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html)
The official handbook of the federal government, the United States Government Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Major officials, the purpose of each agency, a brief agency history, and a summary of agency activities are included in the descriptions.
The official portal of the U.S. government. Here you can shop government auctions, apply for government jobs or benefits, contact elected officials, get or renew a passport,renew your drivers license or get vital records; get answers to frequently asked questions, find all federal, state, local government information and services.
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wcomp/index.html)
The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration and contains statements, messages, and other presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week.