About Government Documents

The University of Akron School of Law Library is one of nearly 1400 Federal Depository libraries in the United States. Documents are distributed to Depository Libraries at no charge. In return, these libraries make the documents freely available to the public. There are no copyright restrictions for government publications.

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 Reference Desk and computer lab on the 2nd floor.

For electronic materials: Clicking the link in the catalog under "Connect to" 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.

Most documents and CD-roms are located on the 3rd floor and arranged by Sudoc number.

Accessing Government Documents

All of the government publications housed in our collection remain the property of the Federal government. 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. 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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