Phillipsburg Free Public Library has been a depository for United States Government publications since 1976. It is a selective depository, receiving 14.53% of the publications distributed by the Government Printing Office (GPO). Our holdings include books, pamphlets, microfiche, cd’s, and electronic resources.
These publications are available for browsing, photocopying, and in most cases, for borrowing. We have computer workstations in the library that provide access to the many government resources on the web as well as through this website.
For general information on the depository collections, please contact the reference desk via e-mail or at 908-454-3712.
General Sites and Portals
- FDSys is the most extensive collection of government databases, and is where you will find the Federal Register, the Congressional Record, the Federal budget, and the text of bills and laws.
- Govinfo is a new, dynamic way for the public to discover and access government information on the three branches of the Federal Government. Currently in beta, govinfo will replace FDSys in 2017.
- USAgov is the official Federal government web portal.
- Search.USA.gov is a Google-like search engine for government information.
- Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States.
Documents and Periodicals
- The Constitution of the United States
- The GPO online bookstore allows you to search for publications that are available for sale.
- New Electronic Titles page links to electronic titles released each week.
- Catalog of U.S. Government Publications contains bibliographic and location information for government documents published since 1994.
- The White House
- Specific Federal agencies can be accessed via the general portals referenced above. You might also try this excellent site maintained by WashLaw(Washburn University).
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Thomas, sponsored by the Library of Congress, offers user-friendly access to information about Congress and legislation.
- USCourts.gov is a general website for the Federal court system at all levels.
- PACER – Public Access to Court Electronic Records
- Supreme Court of the United States
- FindLaw – Supreme Court opinions from 1893 to the present.
- Legal Information Institute’s Supreme Court page is another good collection of opinions, sponsored by Cornell University.