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Research Center Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room

Government Documents

The government documents collection includes current serial publications of U.S. federal, state, and local governments, foreign governments, and international organizations. The Serial and Government Publications Division is a selective Federal Depository Library and holds depository materials for the most recent ten years. The collections also include the Federal Advisory Committee Collection, 1972-present, and the complete United Nations documents collection, 1945-present. Government documents are held in print, microfiche, and digital formats.

Access: Fill out a call slip at the circulation desk to request print and microfiche documents. Indicate the title of the document or publication, date or issue number, and the SuDoc classification number. Delivery time is generally within 30 minutes. Access subscription databases at the public computer terminals or through the Library's Wifi on your own device.

Government documents are also found in the General Collections and the Law Library. Reference staff can help determine which reading room will serve the materials you need.

For more detailed information about the reading room's government documents collections, please see the following research guide:

U.S. Government Publications in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room

This guide provides information about the United States government documents collection in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room of the Library of Congress.


Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
James Madison Building, LM 133
Washington, DC 20540-4810
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Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays & Federal Holidays

Reader Registration (Rm. LM 133)
Monday through Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.