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Federal Government Documents

Federal Depository Library Program

Milwaukee Public Library has participated in the United States Government Printing Office’s Federal Library Depository Program since the late 1800s, and as a Regional Depository for the State of Wisconsin since 1961 along with the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

As a Regional Depository, Milwaukee Public Library receives from the Superintendent of Documents copies of all new and revised government publications authorized for distribution to depository libraries; retains government publications permanently in either printed form or in microfiche form, except superseded publications; provides interlibrary loan, reference service, and assistance for depository libraries in the disposal of unwanted publications. Documents are available in different formats including print, microfiche, dvd, cd-rom, and online. All documents are available for FREE public use.

Basic Collection

All federal depository libraries are required to have the following documents available for immediate use.

American FactFinder   [online only]   Using several censuses and survey, the American FactFinder provides data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and Island areas.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government   [online only]   A great tool for students, parents, and educators to use for learning and teaching about our nation’s government, history, and political structure. 

 Budget of the United States Government   PREX 2.8, PREX 2.8/1   [online and print]   Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the budget is a collection of documents about the President’s budget proposal for a given fiscal year. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance   PREX 2.20:   [online only]    Need assistance or benefits from the United States? This is the catalog you will want to use to find it.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications   GP 3.8/8-9   [online only]   The finding tool for federal publications, historical and current, with direct links to those available online.

Census of Population and Housing: Population & Housing Unit Counts (all states - U.S. Summary and Puerto Rico) (Series PHC-3)   C 3.223/5:   [online and print]   This census provides information on historical comparisons of the population and housing units along with the land and water measurements and population density. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Census of Population and Housing: Summary Population & Housing Characteristics (all states - U.S. Summary and Puerto Rico) (Series PHC-1)   C 3.223/18:   [online and print]   This part of the census provides information on the subjects of age, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship, sex, race, tenure, and vacancy characteristics. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Census of Population and Housing: Summary Social - Economic - & Housing Characteristics (all states - U.S. Summary and Puerto Rico) (Series PHC-2)   C 3.223/23:   [online and print]   This set of census data provides sample data on a wide range of subjects pertaining to social, economic and housing characteristics. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Census of Population and Housing: Social - Economic - & Housing Characteristics (Outlying Areas) (Series PHC-4)   C 3.223/23-2:   [online and print]   Where are we and where are we going as a nation?  Funds and assistance for different projects are decided by the data in this series of the census.  Also, this data helps draw the lines for legislative districts. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Code of Federal Regulations   AE 2.106/3:   [online, print, and microfiche]   This is the annual edition of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by departments and agencies of the Federal Government. [Request MPL print holdings at Humanities reference desk; request MPL microfiche holdings at Periodicals Service Desk.]

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents   AE 2.109:   [online only]   The daily and weekly compilations of the Presidential documents are the official publication of material released by the White House Press Secretary.

Congressional Directory   Y 4.P 93/1:1   [online and print]   The official directory of the United States Congress that includes members of the Senate and House, committee members, room and telephone numbers, and officials of the courts. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Congressional Record (daily)   X 1.1/A:   [online, print, and microfiche]   Published daily, this is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. [MPL print and microfiche holdings of the Permanent Ed. described in CountyCat]

Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation   Y 1.1/3:   [online and print]   Also known as the Constitution Annotated, it is the “legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution based primarily on Supreme Court cases.” [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Economic Indicators   Y 4.EC 7:EC 7   [online and print]   Published monthly, Economic Indicators provide economic information on GDP, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, and more. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Economic Report of the President   PR 43.9:   [online, print, and microfiche]   An annual report which gives an overview of the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. [MPL print and microfiche holdings described in CountyCat]

FDsys   GP 3.43:   [online only]   An online database that gives free access to official publications from all three branches of the United States Government .

Federal Register (daily)   AE 2.106:   [online, print, and microfiche]   The daily publication of the rules, proposed rules, and notices of the Federal agencies and organizations along with executive orders. [MPL print and microfiche holdings described in CountyCat]

Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States - Colonial Times to 1970* - Part 1
Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States - Colonial Times to 1970* - Part 2   C3.134/2: H 62/970   [online and print]   The Historical Statistics of the United States – Parts 1 and 2 - can answer such questions as how much did a pound of butter cost in 1929, and what was the unemployment rate in 1958.  Fifty-five cents and 6.8% are the answers. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Occupational Outlook Handbook   L 2.3/4:   [online only]   How much does a movie director make a year? What do I need to study in high school to become a microbiologist? This is the document that one needs for those questions.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States   AE 2.114:   [online and print]   The official publication of the President’s addresses, writings, and remarks. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Social Security Handbook   SSA 1.8/3   [online only]   The resource for all Social Security questions.

United States Statutes at Large   AE 2.111   [online and print]   The United States Statutes at Large containing the permanent laws – public and private – that were enacted during each session of Congress. [MPL print holdings (through 1936 and 1937- ) described in CountyCat; see also CIS microfiche holdings (1789-1986)]

United States Code   Y 1.2/5   [online and print]   The permanent and general laws of the United States are divided by broad subjects into fifty-one titles. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

United States Government Manual   AE 2.108/2   [online and print]   This is the official handbook provided by the federal government on the agencies of the three branches of government. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

United States Reports   JU 6.8   [online and print]   Contains the 4th and final generation of the Supreme Court’s opinions. [MPL print holdings described in CountyCat]

Federal Government Websites that go beyond the Basic Collection   Provides access to accurate and complete United States federal legislative information.

Core Documents of Our Democracy   Direct online access to the basic federal government documents that define the United States.   Find data, tools, and resources at the home of the U.S. government’s open data

Fed Flix   In partnership with NTIS, the best movies of the United States Government on all different subjects are available on this website without any restrictions.

Kids.Gov   Official kids’ portal to the United States Government    

MetaLib   This website searches multiple United States Federal Government databases.

National Archives and Records Administration   This is your nation’s record keeper.  Of all the documents that are created by the United States government, only one to three percent of them are so important that they are kept here.

National Do Not Call Registry   Tired of getting those phone calls from people or organizations you don’t know – use this website.   Authoritative United States government science information from databases and selected websites from many federal agencies.   Find your senator, look up a bill, follow the action on the Senate floor are just a few things you can find on this website.

Treaties in Force    Published annually, the State Department provides information on treaties and other international agreements to which the United States has become a party.   United States Government’s official web portal.

United States Citizen and Immigration Services   Oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

United States House of Representatives   Find your representative, look up a bill, follow the action on the House floor are just a few things you can find on this website.

The White House   The White House Daily Schedule, which includes the President’s and Vice President’s schedules, is posted here.      

World Factbook   The Central Intelligence Agency provides information on 267 world entities along with maps and flags.