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"The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government’s information. GPO administers the FDLP on behalf of the participating libraries and the public. Information products from the Federal Government are disseminated to these nationwide libraries that, in turn, ensure the American public has free access to the materials, both in print and online."


    The UCI Libraries local catalog or database. Search ANTPAC to find government documents, books and journals.
  • FDsys
    GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) (pronounced fed sis) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes.
  • Google Books
    ADVANCED search (the gear icon screen right). Search "ALL BOOKS" "ALL CONTENT" - PUBLISHER FIELD LIMIT: "Government Printing Office" OR "Government Publishing Office" ... Then carefully add your key search term(s).
  • Google
    Google is an effective search tool for identifying U.S. Government Information.
    Search UC Irvine Libraries and Libraries Worldwide!
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Search the online catalog and other National Archives resources at once for information about our records.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
    The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online...

Statistical Abstract

  • ProQuest statistical abstract of the U.S. *
    "The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a one-volume, comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Coverage: 1790 to present"
  • University of North Texas Libraries Archive: The 2011 Statistical Abstract: Earlier Editions
    Contents include: Historical Statistics of the United States, 1789 - 1945; Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970; Statistical Abstract of the United States 1878-2011.

Census Data Platforms

  • SimplyMap*
    Restricted to UCI. Access restricted to 3 simultaneous users. Try again later if refused. SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States.
  • American Factfinder | U.S. Census Bureau
    An online application that provides access to detailed tables and maps for population, housing and businesses.
  • Data.Gov
    The home of the U.S. Government’s open data. Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.
  • Social Explorer*
    Construct reports and maps. Census data from 1790 to the present: "Social Explorer provides easy-to-use tools for visual exploration of demographic information, from census and economic data to election and religion data, and more. With these interactive online tools, users can visually explore change over time and understand the patterns behind the raw numbers."
  • United States Census Bureau, Maps & Data
    Find geographic data and products such as the TIGER/Line Shapefiles, KMLs, TIGERweb, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, and reference and thematic maps.

GPO ~ From Government Printing Office to Government Publishing Office

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats.

GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through our Federal Digital System (, partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).  

    An agency whose mission has been producing, publishing, and recording our Nation's history has made some history of its own. Section 1301 of H.R. 83, the legislation providing consolidated and further continuing appropriations for FY 2015 that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law last night by President Barack Obama, changes the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office.

    Publishing reflects the increasingly prominent role that GPO plays in providing access to Government information in digital formats through the agency's Federal Digital System, apps, eBooks, and related technologies. The information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond only print and GPO has transformed itself to meet its customers' needs.
  • H.R. 83: SEC. 1301. (a). ‘‘Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015’’
    ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISION. REDESIGNATION OF GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE TO GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE: SEC. 1301. (a) IN GENERAL. — The Government Printing Office is hereby redesignated the Government Publishing Office.

United States (Federal) Government Documents @ Ayala Science Library Fifth Floor Drum

"The vision of the Federal Depository Library Program is to provide Government information when and where you need it ...  permanent public access to Federal Government information, now and for future generations..." GPO Study of Regional Depositories


The UCI Libraries' print paper United States (Federal) Government Documents collection is located in the Ayala Science Library (Fifth Floor Drum).  

The vast majority of our federal depository items are now received as e-resources and are discoverable in either ANTPAC or Melvyl from anywhere in the world. In addition to the United States documents collection online and in print, our licensed database resources provide extraordinary digital access to the documents that make up the history of the United States.

The UCI Libraries are a selective depository for United States government publications. Though the collection focuses on subjects in the social and political sciences, there are considerable collections of statistical, scientific and environmental resources.  Our core collection of depository items in print is arranged by Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification.  An explanation of the SuDoc system is available at this LibGuide's SuDoc Classification tab and at the FDLP Desktop.

Key sites

  • ProQuest Congressional*

    • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
    • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
    • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
    • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
    • CRS Reports 1916-Present
    • Hearings 1824-Present
    • House & Senate Documents 1817-Present
    • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
    • Serial Set 1817-Present
    • Serial Set Maps 1789-Present
    • Executive Branch Document 1789-1932
  • HeinOnline* - U.S. Congressional Documents Library
    U.S. Government Information Related Collections on HeinOnline

    • Code of Federal Regulations
    • Congress and the Courts
    • Early American Case Law
    • Federal Register Library
    • History of Supreme Court Nominations
    • Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.
    • Intellectual Property Law Collection
    • Manual of Patent Examining Procedure
    • Treaties and Agreements Library
    • U.S. Attorney General & Department of Justice Collection
    • U.S. Code
    • U.S. Congressional Documents
    • U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals
    • U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
    • U.S. International Trade Library
    • U.S. Presidential Library
    • U.S. Statutes at Large
    • U.S. Supreme Court Library
  • United States Congressional Serial Set * (Readex)
    "Database of texts from the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Texts constitute a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history."
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
    "The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or use an "Advanced Search" template for additional options."

    "More than 500,000 records generated since July 1976 are contained in the CGP and it is updated daily. The catalog will grow to include records for publications dating back to the late 1800s, making the CGP the central point for locating new and historical Government publications."
  • Census Bureau
    "To serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy."
  • Code of Federal Regulations
    "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. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation."
    United States Legislative Information.
  • FDsys | Federal Digital System
    GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) is an advanced digital system that will enable GPO to manage Government information in a digital form.
  is a tool by Civic Impulse, LLC to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    BJS mission: "To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government."
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Mission: "The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant."
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    "The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever."
    The US congressional legislative process is largely closed-off from timely and meaningful public input, and finding out what's really happening in Congress can be a difficult and discouraging task...
  • United States Code (FDsys)
    "The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Code was first published in 1926."
  • is the official web site for the White House and President of the United States.
  • Social Explorer
    Construct reports and maps. Census data from 1790 to the present: "Social Explorer provides easy-to-use tools for visual exploration of demographic information, from census and economic data to election and religion data, and more. With these interactive online tools, users can visually explore change over time and understand the patterns behind the raw numbers."
  • U.S. Government Manual
    "As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution."

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