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US Federal Government Information: Home

COVID-19 Notice

In response to the COVID-19 virus, Yale University Libraries is open only to Yale affiliated constituents. The Lillian Goldman Law Library remains closed. This means that Yale University Library is unable to provide public access to the physical government depository collections at this time.  The library’s online US Federal government information guides remain available and library staff will gladly respond to email inquiries about the depository collections. Inquiries may be directed to Cate Kellett (, Catalog and Government Documents Librarian at Lillian Goldman Law Library.

We regret any inconvenience to the public and look forward to welcoming back all our patrons when the public health situation is resolved. Contact information for other nearby depository libraries can be found in the Federal Depository Library Directory.

To find out more about Yale's support of government information in general, please look here.

U.S. Federal Documents Collection

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Yale University Library was designated a federal depository library in 1859. It became a selective depository when the program was reorganized by federal public law in 1962, meaning that it does not receive all materials disseminated through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) but instead selects a subset of those materials.

Strengths of the FDLP collection include congressional and executive branch documents, economics, international relations and diplomacy, labor, history, public policy and social issues, and statistical publications. The collection includes materials from 1789 to the present.

The Yale Law Library is also a U.S. federal depository library.


Welcome to the US Federal Government Information page

In this guide, you will find information on the 3 branches of the US Federal government and information on agencies (including the regulations they pass):


To find out more about:

Government Information at Yale

Other local depository libraries

How to cite U.S. government documents