Two major separate collections, each with its own classification system, are housed within the Government Documents Collection on the ground floor of Hamilton Library. They comprise materials from: 1) United States government agencies, published from 1789-present, and 2) the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, mainly published from 1943-present. We also provide access to specialized databases that contain the full text of government publications and to indexes for government information.
Government Documents supports undergraduate and graduate coursework and research in all academic fields, with particular strengths in the fields of agriculture, agricultural economics, military science, natural science, marine biology, urban planning, transportation administration, astronomy, education, demographics, medicine and public health, history, political science, and statistics. United States statutory and administrative laws and decisions and regulatory materials are also well-represented.
This library is a congressionally designated regional federal depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).