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University of Akron Law Library's Government Documents Collection

The University of Akron School of Law Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

The University of Akron School of Law Library is located in the Eleventh Congressional District and is one of nearly 1400 Federal Depository libraries in the United States. Documents are freely available to the public and there are no copyright restrictions for government publications. It is the policy of the Law Library to comply with law governing depository libraries (Title 44, Chapter 19 of the United States Code).

Federal documents in print, microform, and CD-ROM formats are shelved by SuDoc numbers, and can be accessed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Law Library within the McDowell Building.

For microforms: Reader/printers with scanning capabilities for materials on microfiche and microfilm are behind the computer lab on the 2nd floor where the microform collection in also located.

For electronic materials: All electronic resources are available through our online catalog. Three public computer stations are available near the entrance of the library for internet access. After searching for a resource, click the hyperlink in the record for the resource and it should immediately open the electronic document on your computer. Please contact the Reference Desk or the Government Documents Librarian if you are unable to connect to a resource via PURL.

Reference assistance is available during the academic year from 10 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday and during breaks from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reference librarians help patrons identify and access documents and information available locally or elsewhere, if necessary.

Finding Government Documents, in a nutshell

  • Search GPO FDsys, which contains official information from each branch of government.  (Or see the beta site Govinfo which replaces FDsys in 2017). If it's not available online, look for it in the UA Libraries Catalog.
  • Often times information is published directly by agencies and departments.  USA.gov can connect you to them.
  • Search a catalog of government publications via the Monthly Catalog 
  • Many Ohio government entities have documents on their websites.  There are Cumulative Lists of documents deposited with the State Library of Ohio, going back to 2001.
  • For foreign government and IGO information:

Government Information on Grant Opportunities

NEW Construction Hours

Due to construction on the law school building, physical access to the library will be as follows:

  • 24/7 Keycard access starts on January 11, 2016 for law faculty, law staff and law students.  Use law school Door #3.
  • Public access 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.(until 4:30 p.m. during the summer), Monday through Friday only.  

Patrons may call the for reference help until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 6:00 p.m. on Friday. (Until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer.)

Most of the government documents print collection will be temporarily unavailable.  A library staff member can help you find what you need online or via Ohiolink.

Accessing Government Documents

Accessing Government Documents

The Law Library government document collection is available during library hours.  Patrons are expected to follow the University of Akron Libraries' Acceptable Behavior Policy.

Due to construction, those needing an elevator must call and request construction personel to escort them onto the elevator.  Please call the law school at 1-330-972-7331 to make arrangements.  Elevator access is available during the hours the library is open to the public.   Some of the government document shelves are also narrow, so a staff member is available to retrieve items upon request if needed.

Some government documents are held in a storage facility at the NE Regional Depository in Rootstown, OH. To obtain these materials, click on "Request" from the item record in our online library catalog and enter your UANet ID and password. The Reference librarians can also request this material on your behalf.

Bierce Library at the University of Akron also serves as a Federal Depository Library and their collection is included in our library catalog. Contact Bierce Library with questions about materials in the Bierce Library collection.

Online Government Document Sources

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