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Guide to government documents at Kent State University Libraries
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2015 URL: http://libguides.library.kent.edu/Government Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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"The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public's right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government. The FDLP provides Government information at no cost to designated depository libraries throughout the country and territories. These depository libraries, in turn, provide local, no-fee access to Government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance." -About the FDLP (see link below)

As part of the FDLP, Kent State University Libraries provide access to a broad range of government information with professional assistance from librarians. Not sure where to start, ask a staff member!

Core Documents of Our Democracy

Follow the link below for access to high-quality copies of key documents to U.S. democracy.


Government Documents at Kent State University


Government Documents Collection Management at Kent State University

Kent State University's Federal Depository Library selects about 49% of the total items offered through the Federal Depository Library Program.  For more detail on how the collection is structured, please refer to the document below.



Use KentLINK to search for government resources in Kent State University Libraries' catalog.

  • KentLINK
    KentLINK is the library catalog for all 8 campuses of the University. It identifies what books, journals, government publications, and media (computer files, films, CDs, etc.) are owned and indicates their availability.

General Government Information Web Portals

  • USA.gov
    This is the U.S. government's official portal to federal and state information online. It offers a subject directory as well as a search engine that will search federal, state, or a particular state' s web sites.
  • GPO FDsys (Federal Digital System)
    Provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. From the U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • American FactFinder
    This is an excellent gateway to economic and population census data. Data are available for download, in customizable tables or in thematic mapped. The site provides access data from the Decennial Censuses, the Economic Censuses, and the American Community Survey.
  • Ben’s Guide to U. S. Government for Kids
    This page serves as an educational and entertaining introduction to government information for kids.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
    Includes descriptive records for historical and current federal publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.

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