Federal Government Resources

We have many physical government documents available for check out. They are in our regular book stacks and can be accessed any time the library is open. To find these documents, search “Government Printing Office” and/or “Government Publishing Office” in the PrairieCat online catalog.

For questions about government documents or the Federal Depository Library program, contact Dianne Ludwig, Adult Services Manager, at 815-656-2478 or dludwig@freeportpubliclibrary.org

Check out these nifty LibGuides on various topics:

 For example, search “NASA” and “Mars” to see all of the publications NASA has created about Mars. Most publications are available to download and read online.

Federal Depository Library Basic Collection 

Assistance Listings

SAM 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

Ben’s Guide provides information about the U.S. Government designed for youth in grades K-12.

Budget of the U.S. Government

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included, which may vary from year to year

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications as well as direct links to the full document, when available. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keywords.

Code of Federal Regulations (Annual Edition)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Compilation of Presidential Documents

The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are 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 (daily)

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session.

The Constitution of the U.S. of A.: Analysis and Interpretation

The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, popularly known as the Constitution Annotated, encompasses the U.S. Constitution and analysis and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution with in-text annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Economic Indicators

This monthly publication is prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers for the Joint Economic Committee. It provides economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics.

The Economic Report of the President to the Congress

The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. It overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.

Explore Census Data

Data.census.gov is the new platform to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. It has replaced American FactFinder.

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

A 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.

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