The Federal Depository Library Program was established in the mid 1800s to collect, organize, and preserve information published by the Federal Government in all formats including print, microform, maps, CD-ROMs, and electronic information via the Internet. Selective depositories do not receive all information published by the Federal Government (the largest publisher in the world) but select materials which reflect the needs of their primary clientele. Regional depositories receive all federally published information through the Depository Program. There are more than 1,350 depository libraries in the United States and its territories to serve the public. Go to the GPO Federal Depository Library Directory to locate libraries in your area.

The George Mason University Law Library is a selective depository for federal government documents and many of the documents are interspersed throughout the library's larger research collection. The Law Library is open seven days a week (with some posted exceptions) to members of the public and bar doing legal research or research with government documents. A reference librarian is available during select hours to assist with research questions.  The documents are shelved on the first floor in Row 109-110.  The microfiche is on the first floor in the microform room.

Government publications are becoming increasingly available in digital form over the Internet. These links are designed to assist in finding typically requested government information. At the bottom of the page are links to state and county information. See FDsys (Browse Government Publications) for comprehensive lists and links to publications and University of Virginia Library Government Information Resources

The links below are designed to assist in finding typically requested government information. At the bottom of the page are links to state and county information. 


United States Federal Government Information

FDsys A comprehensive federal government information service of the United States Government Printing Office. Information available through the site includes government information databases, locator tools, Federal Depository Library collections, and downloadable federal agency files.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications Finding tool for current and historical federal publications with direct links to those that are available online. Searchable by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word.

Federal Statistics  Accesses statistics of public interest from over 70 federal government agencies. Includes the Statistical Abstract of the United States, agency press releases, information from the White House Statistical Briefing Room, regional statistics, and agency contact information.

USA.gov USA.gov is a comprehensive portal to federal government websites. 

Library of Congress (Government Web Resources) A Library of Congress Internet Resource Page listing links to federal government web sites organized into several, helpful categories.

Congress.gov (replaces the Thomas website) An outstanding service of the Library of Congress providing access to all types of legislative information on the Internet. Available information includes: the Congressional Record, bill text and tracking, Public Laws, voting records, committee reports, and other committee information.


State & Local Government Information

Arlington County government offices, agencies, departments and county code

Virginia State  Virginia government, legislative, executive and judicial

State and Local Governments Library of Congress Internet Resource Page