The Clark Library Government Information Collection includes statistics, reports, legislation and policy from all levels of government. Government documents are housed in several different libraries on campus and are findable in Library Catalog Search and through our Research Guides.
The University of Michigan Library is a depository for publications of the State of Michigan, United States Government, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and European Union. In addition to the depository collections, the Library subscribes to the publications of several international agencies, including the OECD, World Bank, IMF and WTO. Subject coverage of the collection ranges from policy and economics to health and environmental studies.
Depository libraries provide local, no-fee access to government information in a non-partisan environment with professional librarians available to assist users. Congress established the Federal Depository Library Program in 1813 to ensure that government information is accessible to the American public. Since then, depository libraries have safeguarded the public’s right to know by collecting, organizing, preserving and maintaining access to information. The University of Michigan Library was designated a federal depository library in 1884.
This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government information. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)
Please feel free to contact a government information librarian with a question or to schedule an appointment. The phone number is 734-764-0410 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights of the Government Information Collections include:
Federal and Michigan laws and legislation
United States Congressional publications since 1789
United Nations documents since 1946
Statistical abstracts from around the world
U.S. Decennial Census since 1790
We also have access to many databases that cover government information, politics and law . Some are freely available and others require subscriptions and are only available to University of Michigan staff, students and faculty.