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Government Documents

The Cornell Law Library, along with Olin and Mann libraries, is one of three federal depository libraries on the Cornell University campus. All are official depositories in the 23rd Congressional District. The mission of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is to provide free, ready, and permanent public access to Federal Government information, now and for future generations.The Law Library depository collection focuses on Congressional materials, the Department of Justice, and regulatory materials from government agencies.

The Cornell community and the general public may come to the Library to use these materials during regular hours.

Locating Documents:

Tangible Law Library depository materials are integrated into the collection and can be identified through the Cornell Library Online Catalog. For assistance in finding and using these materials, see Librarian Consultation. The majority of current federal government information is available online. Govinfo is the primary means of accessing this content, including Congressional, Executive, Judiciary, and Agency information., created by the United States Congress, via the Library of Congress, provides an extensive collection of bills, laws, reports, calendars, historical documents, and explanations of how our laws are made. ProQuest Congressional is available to the Cornell community and to researchers who come to a library on campus. This well-known producer of print and electronic information provides an excellent index and many federal legislative histories beginning with 1970.

This 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)