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About Government Documents

The University of Akron School of Law Library is located in the Eleventh Congressional District and is one of nearly 1400 Federal Depository libraries in the United States. Documents are freely available to the public and there are no copyright restrictions for government publications. It is the policy of the Law Library to comply with law governing depository libraries (Title 44, Chapter 19 of the United States Code).

Federal documents in print, microform, and CD-ROM formats are shelved by SuDoc numbers, and can be accessed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Law Library within the McDowell Building.

For microforms: Reader/printers with scanning capabilities for materials on microfiche and microfilm are behind the computer lab on the 2nd floor where the microform collection in also located.

For electronic materials: All electronic resources are available through our online catalog. Three public computer stations are available near the entrance of the library for internet access. After searching for a resource, click the hyperlink in the record for the resource and it should immediately open the electronic document on your computer. Please contact the Reference Desk or the Government Documents Librarian if you are unable to connect to a resource via PURL.

Reference assistance is available during the academic year from 8 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday and during breaks from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reference librarians help patrons identify and access documents and information available locally or elsewhere, if necessary.

Accessing Government Documents

The Law Library government document collection is available during library hours. For those needing elevator access, please visit the dean's office in the atrium of the McDowell Building so staff can be notified that you would like to enter the library. A staff person will meet you there and escort you to the elevator that directly enters the library. If preferable, one may also call ahead at (330) 972-7330 and arrange a time for assistance to enter the Library as well. Some of the government document shelves are also narrow, so a staff member is available to retrieve items upon request if needed.

Some government documents are held in a storage facility at the NE Regional Depository in Rootstown, OH. To obtain these materials, click on "Request" from the item record in our online library catalog and enter your UANet ID and password. The Reference librarians can also request this material on your behalf.

Bierce Library at the University of Akron also serves as a Federal Depository Library and their collection is included in our library catalog. Contact Bierce Library with questions about materials in the Bierce Library collection.

Online Government Document Sources

FDsys (GPO’s Federal Digital System) Thomas (Library of Congress)
United States Courts (Federal courts) Senate
Supreme Court White House
USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) IRS (Internal Revenue Service
United States Census Bureau US Department of Labor

Online Government Documents Finding Aids

Guide to Law Online (Library of Congress)

Legal Information Institute at Cornell University

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