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Government Documents

The National Agricultural Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Find Government Documents at NAL

NAL selects all U.S. Department of Agriculture publications (the "A" classification) and publications from other government agencies that fit the NAL collection development policy.

Use NAL's SEARCH platform to find government documents in the Library's collection.

SEARCH provides

  • immediate access to online government documents or
  • the call numbers and locations of government documents available
    • in print or
    • on microfiche (Fiche S-133 series)

Other Federal Sources to Access Government Documents

Find a Federal Depository Library [] near you. Lists the nation's nearly 1,250 depository libraries, all of which provide access to anyone wishing to use the Federal depository collections.

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications [] contains descriptive records for historical and current publications from across the federal government. Links directly to those available online or identifies the nearby Federal depository where a particular publication can be found. Includes records for materials dating from July 1976 to the present.

Discover U.S. Government Information [] by searching collections of Government information online, including Presidential, Congressional, judicial and government agency materials. Provides advanced search options and the ability to download documents in multiple file formats, including metadata in standard XML format.