Government Documents


The Cornell Law Library is an official depository for federal documents in the 23rd Congressional District. This program brings useful information from the federal government to library users online, and via print, microfiche, and CD-ROM sources. Our depository collection focuses on materials from Congress, the Department of Justice, and other government agencies.

The Cornell community and the general public may come to the Library to use these materials during regular hours. In most cases, the material will need to be consulted in the Law Library and does not circulate out of the building.

Locating Documents:
The Law Library integrates depository materials with the rest of the collection. The depository materials can be identified through the Cornell Online Catalog. For assistance in finding and using depository materials, contact the research staff in the Reading Room.

Documents on the Web:
The Federal Depository Library Program throughout the country intends to make as much government information as possible available to everyone electronically via the web. Govinfo is the primary site for federal government information, including Congressional, Executive, Judiciary, and Agency information. is another important web site. 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States Congress, via the Library of Congress, provides an extensive collection of bills, laws, reports, calendars, historical documents, and explanations of how our laws are made.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.

"U.S. Government Printing Office: Working with Libraries." This video demonstrates what makes federal depository libraries so unique and essential to law students and law faculty. People who are dedicated to and knowledgeable about the FDLP express their opinions about federal depository libraries and how the FDLP benefits the American public.

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)