United States Government Publications
Updated Sept. 22, 2015.
The Gallagher Law Library is a selective depository for United States government publications. Our collection focuses on legal and law-related documents, including congressional materials, administrative regulations, administrative decisions, and presidential papers. We are open to the public.
Government publications are integrated into the Library collection and are accessible through the Law Library's online catalog. Print and electronic tools to find specific congressional materials such as bills, hearings, and committee reports are also available. Government publications may be in paper, microform, and/or available electronically. If you need assistance in locating and retrieving a government publication, regardless of format, please ask. Reference assistance is available in the Reference Office on floor L1, by phone at 206-543-6794, or remotely through AskUs! Hours for the Reference Office and Law Library.
Titles located in the Classified Stacks, Compact Stacks, and microfiche cabinets may be checked out. Titles located in the Reference Area are library use only. For information on how to register as a borrower or otherwise obtain materials, please see Circulation Services.
Electronic access to a wide variety of government information is available through FDsys, the U.S. Government Publishing Office's Federal Digital System. FDsys, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, the FDLP Basic Collection, and other government information sources on the Internet (see Free Law Online), are available at the Library's public computers. Some of the titles in the FDLP Basic Collection are also available in print. See our annotated list of titles in the Basic Collection for call numbers and links. Patrons may read or download information.
Please see Access to Computers & Computing in the Law Library for information on public computers and the wireless network. Patrons may read or download information. Documents may be printed through a pay-to-print service.
The Gallagher reference librarians have prepared several research guides covering U.S. government information, including:
- Congressional Research Service Reports
- Court Briefs & Oral Arguments
- Federal Bill Tracking Research Guide
- Federal Legislative History
- Finding Federal Government Publications on the Internet
- Indian & Tribal Law Research
- Judicial Branch Publications
- Presidential Documents
- U.S. Administrative Law Research
- U.S. Constitution & Related Sources
- Useful Websites for Documents Librarians
A complete list of legal research guides prepared by Gallagher Law Library staff is available at the Legal Research Guides page.
Several commercial web-based services are available to on-campus users and UW faculty, students, staff, via the Law Library's list of Legal Databases & Indexes:
- HeinOnline provides text of legislative and administrative publications, including the U.S. Statutes at Large, the Code of Federal Regulations, the bound Congressional Record, and many federal agency decisions.
- ProQuest Congressional indexes U.S. Congressional publications (committee hearings, reports, and documents) and legislative histories. Some text is included, most notably the bills and resolutions, 1789-2013, and hearings, 1828-1979.
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set contains a searchable collection of Congressional reports and documents published between 1817 and 1980.
- LLMC Digital offers the text of many older administrative agency decisions.
The Gallagher Law Library catalog is shared with the University of Washington Libraries, which is also a federal depository library. Our catalog allows discovery of materials in a consortium of academic libraries across the region. Some of these libraries, as well as other local libraries, including the Seattle University Law Library and the Seattle Public Library, are federal depository libraries.
If you need help locating and accessing United States government publications, please AskUs!