Please note that because of library changes in response to COVID-19, the Knowledge Center is open for limited hours starting July 6. We are also restricting access to some floors, including the fifth floor where some of our Federal Depository Library Program items are held. We also have a special process in place for patrons to check out books (including FDLP items). This is in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Government Publishing Office. If you have a government document-related question, please email Teresa Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Book An Appointment button on this page to schedule an online consultation using Zoom.
The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is a selective depository for U.S. Government documents. Federal law guarantees public access to the government documents collection.
The Knowledge Center houses U.S. government documents in print, microform, and electronic formats. Most of the printed federal documents are stored in MARS and can be pulled in about 10 minutes. Many items are searchable via the Library Catalog, although many older publications in the collection are not listed there. Ask the staff at Research Services to help find government documents.
Need help finding a government document? Check out one of these indexes to find it's call number.
Congressional Research Service Reports are created for the U.S. Congress to provide non-partisan information and analysis on legislative issues. A recent law required them to be made public at Congressional Research Service. Until this law, though, they were not shared publicly unless a representative or senator chose to share them and thus have been made public randomly. These sites have collected prior CRS reports put online by those who request them.