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Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library is a depository site for government information published by:

  • U.S. Government Printing Office
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • United Nations
  • State of California

The Library also provides access to selected publications of:

  • City of Los Angeles
  • County of Los Angeles

These publications are received in a variety of formats including electronic, print, and microfiche. Many government documents can be found in the LAPL Catalog and are searchable by author, title, or keyword. Once located in the catalog, the subject department where the actual document can be viewed is indicated. You'll find that most government documents can be found in the following subject departments: Business & Economics; Social Science, Philosophy & Religion; Science, Technology & Patents; and History & Genealogy.

Additionally, selected documents are available from LAPL Databases and the LAPL Web Pages lists. Databases are available at LAPL’s Central Library and Branches, and in some cases from personal computers with an LAPL library card.  Web Pages are available from any computer with Internet access.

The Federal government is dedicated to moving its publications to electronic format.  As a result, many documents are available on the Internet. Use the gateways to locate your information.

GATEWAYS

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
The Federal government’s own catalog to its publications both in print and online.
FDsys
Migration of information from GPO Access to Fdsys (Federal Digital System) should be complete in 2010, and will manage government information from all three branches, and ensure public access even as technology changes..
GPO Bookstore
The Government Printing Office has an online store where you can purchase many of its items.
Library of Congress
U.S. Government library of resources useful to the Congress and the American people
MetaLib
A service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, the federated search engine searches (over 53 initial Federal Government databases to date) to retrieve reports, articles, and citations.
NARA - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Archive of documents created by the U.S. Government important for legal or historical reasons to be kept forever.
Science.gov
This is Firstgov for science and is a gateway to science and technical topics.
Ben’s Guide
The Federal Government’s website to finding information for students and teachers from K-12.
USA.gov
The Federal Government's official portal to web sites.

THREE BRANCHES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Thomas
Legislative information provided by the Library of Congress.
U.S. Courts
Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts information provided by the Office of the United States Courts.
White House
Executive branch information provided by the Executive Office of the President.

SELECTED FEDERAL WEBSITES BY TOPIC

Benefits
Census
Citizenship/Immigration
Consumer Information
Crime
Drugs (Pharmaceuticals)
Environment
Forms
Grants
Laws
Loans
Maps
Military
Statistics
Veterans

If you need further assistance in finding what you are looking for, call the Library's infoNow reference service at (213) 228‑7272 or ask a librarian at the reference desk in any Central Library subject department.

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