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U.S. Government Documents:
Regional Depository Services

The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-7813

The Newark Public Library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection, including online content, is guaranteed by public law for all users.

The Newark Public Library has been a Federal Depository since 1906, and in 1963 was designated the Regional Depository for New Jersey. Regional Depositories receive one copy of every publication distributed through the Depository Library Program and have the responsibility to retain these documents permanently. Newark's documents holdings exceed two million items in various formats, including books, magazines, microforms, CDs, maps and posters.

The collection includes: 
Census and other statistical data and legislative information. One can find current and historical publications on almost any subject: consumer and health information, agriculture, business, technology, the environment, education, the military, international relations, and more. Our older documents are a rich resource for anyone studying the history of the United States.

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How to Find a U.S. Government Document at the Newark Public Library

  • Step 1: Look in the Library's online catalog.

  • The library catalog contains information on nearly all of the government publications the Library has received since 1976. You can search for government documents by subject, title, author and Superintendent of Documents number. Write down the title and Superintendent of Documents number of any publications you would like to use.
  • Step 2: Visit the Reference desk on the second floor of the Main Library.

  • The Reference desk provides assistance for government information. The government documents collection is housed in closed stacks in the basement: the reference staff will help you send for any publications which interest you. They also have the tools for locating those publications which are not listed in our online catalog.
    • Are you seeking an older publication, from prior to 1976?

    • The librarian will help you to use our many paper indexes. The most popular are the Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789 - 1976, and Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, 1900 - 1971. You can also check the annual indexes of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications: these indexes are searchable by author, title and subject. We also have the CIS U.S. Congressional Serial Set Index, which is a subject index to congressional reports and documents from 1789 to 1969. 
    • Are you seeking a very recent publication (1994 or later)?  It may be available on the Internet. Many  publications are equivalent to their printed counterparts and some are being distributed exclusively via the Internet. "Hot" documents can often be found on the Internet before the printed copy arrives at the Library. 


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