According to the Federal Library Depository Act of 1962, a government document is defined as "informational matter which is published as a individual document at government expense as required by law." (44 U.S.C. sec. 1901)
Government documents come in all formats: print, digital, CD, DVD and microfiche or microfilm.
Today, however, the majority of Government documents are published in digital format.
Brooklyn Law School library has been a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, since 1974, serving as a selective depository for U.S. government documents. As part of this program, the Government provides free copies of various official publications to our Library. The Library agrees to provide access to this collection to members of the public thus ensuring that the American public has access to its Government’s information.
Most U.S. Law schools participate in the Federal Depository Library Program.
As a selective depository library, Brooklyn Law School selects approximately 11% of the materials that the Government has to offer. Most of these items come from Congress and the Judiciary as well as select agencies.
GovSpeak - A Guide to Government Acronyms & Abbreviations from the UC San Diego Library
FDsys - GPO's Federal Digital System provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government
USA.gov - Government's Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information.