U.S. Government Documents - Newark Public Library

U.S. Government Documents

About the Collection

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 (Title 44 United States Code).

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.

Did you know? The Newark Public Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1906, and has a substantial collection of publications from the second half of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century.


Government Documents

Historical Documents

Other Depositories

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.

The Newark Public Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1906, and has a substantial collection of publications from the second half of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century. This portion of the collection is useful for finding information on events in U.S. history and on life in the United States during different historical periods. (picture from The Children’s Bureau: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 1937)

Tools to access this portion of the collection include: theCumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789 – 1976, the Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, 1900 – 1971, the annual indexes of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, and the CIS U.S. Congressional Serial Set Index.

Some Highlights of the collection:

Information about New Jersey: find out about New Jersey legislators, public buildings, workers, farms, etc. Many old government publications contain state-by-state statistical data and other analyses.

The United States Congressional Serial Set: Congressional reports and documents from the 15’th Congress (1818) to the present. The Library has volumes 1 through 5215 (59th Congress, 1907) in microprint and many original paper volumes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For later years, particularly after 1963 when the Library became a regional depository, the collection is nearly complete.

Information on Native Americans: the collection contains enormous amounts of information on Native Americans, particularly from the Smithsonian Institution, the Department of the Interior, and the Serial Set.

Projects:  Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey State Library, we were able to acquire equipment and materials to create custom-fitted boxes to protect our oldest materials. We are using theChecklist of United States Public Documents, 1789 – 1909as a guide in choosing the items to be boxed.

The U.S. Documents Division has begun work on a database listing documents holdings from 1975 and earlier (those not represented in the Library’s catalog).

Atlantic County


Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Library
Jimmie Leeds Road and College Drive
Pomona, NJ 08240-0195
Phone: (609)652-4532
Fax: (609) 652-4964

Bergen County


Johnson Free Public Library
275 Moore Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201)343-4169×18
Fax: (201) 343-1395

Camden County


Rutgers University
Paul Robeson Library
300 North 4th Street
Camden, NJ 08101-3990
Phone: (856)225-6034
Fax: (856) 225-6428

Rutgers University
Law School Library
217 North 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856)225-6173
Fax: (856) 225-6488

Essex County


Newark Public Library
P.O. Box 630
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: (973)733-7782

Rutgers University
John Cotton Dana Library
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 353-5901
Fax: (973) 353-1133

Rutgers University, Newark Law Library
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3094
Phone: (973) 353-5676
Fax: (973) 353-1356

Seton Hall University School of Law
Peter W. Rodino Jr. Law Library
One Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5210
Phone: (973) 642-8861
Fax: (973) 642-8748

South Orange

Seton Hall University
Walsh Library
Government Documents Department
South Orange, NJ 07079-2671
Phone: (973)761-9437
Fax: (973) 275-2119

Upper Montclair

Montclair University
Harry A. Sprague library
Government Documents Department
Norman Avenue
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: (973)655-7145
Fax: (973) 655-7780

Gloucester County


Rowan University Library
Government Publications
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028-1791
Phone: (609)256-4990
Fax: (609) 256-4924

Hudson County

Jersey City

Jersey City Public Library
Documents Department
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201)547-4517
Fax: (201) 547-4584

New Jersey City University
Forrest A. Irwin library
U.S. Government Documents Department-Rm 203
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597
Phone: (201)200-3137
Fax: (201) 200-2330

Mercer County


Rider University
Franklin F. Moore Library
P.O. Box 6400
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099
Phone: (609)896-5115
Fax: (609) 896-8029


Princeton University
Firestone Library
Documents Division
Princeton, NJ 08544
Phone: (609)258-3701
Fax: (609) 258-4105


New Jersey State Library
185 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0520
Phone: (609) 292-6259
Fax: (609) 984-7900

Middlesex County

New Brunswick

Rutgers University
Alexander Library
Government Documents Department
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-1159
Phone: (732)932-7526
Fax: (732) 932-1101


Free Public Library of Woodbridge
Main Library
George Frederick Plaza
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (732)634-4450 x214
Fax: (732) 634-2052

Monmouth County


Monmouth County Library
Eastern Branch
1001 State Highway #35
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4398
Phone: (732)842-5995
Fax: (732) 219-0140

West Long Branch

Monmouth University
Guggenheim Memorial Library
Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898
Phone: (732)571-3438
Fax: (732) 363-5124

Morris County


Drew University Library
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940-4000
Phone: (973)408-3588
Fax: (973) 408-3770


County College of Morris
Sherman H. Masten Learning
Resource Center
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, NJ 07869-2086
Phone: (973)328-5296
Fax: (973) 328-2370

Ocean County

Toms River

Ocean County College Library
College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
Phone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 228
Fax: (732) 255-0421

Sussex County


Sussex County Library
125 Morris Turnpike
Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: (973)948-3660
Fax: (973) 948-2071

Union County


Free Public Library of Elizabeth
11 South Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Phone: (908)354-6060:203
Fax: (908) 354-5845

Warren County


Phillipsburg Free Public Library
200 Frost Avenue
Phillipsburg , NJ 08865
Phone: (908)454-3712
Fax: (908) 859-3222