What is a
A U.S. government
document is information of public interest or
educational value, reproduced by the federal government in print or
electronic form, and made available for
this library receive U.S. government documents?
government has designated this library as one of 9
partial depository libraries in
libraries receive selected government documents in return
for making them available to the public. The full
depository library for our region is Fogler Library at the University of
Maine in Orono. Learn more about the Federal Depository Library Program or view a list of participating libraries in Maine .
of government documents does this library select?
We select documents
primarily of interest to the Legislature and the legal
community. These generally include administrative
decisions, laws, regulations, congressional materials and
publications in the subject areas of law enforcement,
taxation, education, energy, health, the environment and
- Where are
the government documents located?
Because we receive
documents having various formats and usage, they are not
all kept in one place. Most printed documents are shelved
in the GOVT (Government) stacks on the mezzanine. Some
documents are shelved in the Periodicals stacks on the
mezzanine and others are labeled REF GOVT and shelved at
the end of the Reference stacks. The Code of Federal Regulations
is shelved on the first floor near
the U.S.C.A. Documents in microfiche
format are filed in the metal cabinets at the back of the
How do I
identify specific government documents held by this
There are a number of
sources and methods available for searching and locating
documents in our collection. The URSUS online catalog is one source that contains many
documents and allows for searching by title, author,
keyword or subject. A reference librarian can show you
how to use information displayed in URSUS to find
documents on our shelves and also how to use additional
sources, indexes and bibliographies.
How do I
borrow government documents?
Most of our documents
may be borrowed. If we don't own a document, a reference
librarian can either refer your to another library or
provide you with an
Interlibrary Loan request form.
access government information online?
government is increasingly providing information via the Internet. The
Government Publishing Office manages an extensive collection of resources
from all three branches of government on its FDSys website, including many
familiar government document titles. Our iResearch pages for Federal
Government and Federal
Law and Legislation provide
additional links to online government information.