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Q. Government Document


Government documents are publications from federal, state, and local governments that include information on bills and laws, court hearing, census data, and other statistical information. 

Grand Valley State University has been a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program since 1963 and currently receives approximately 37% of the documents distributed by the program.

The U.S. Government collection currently consists of over 116,000 paper government publications, more than 60,000 maps, and thousands of volumes on microfiche.  In addition, patrons also have access to thousands of government publications available on the internet.  The collection is historically strong in Congressional documents, U.S. Geological Survey publications, and Smithsonian Institute publications.  While the overall focus of the collection is on Michigan and the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, the library receives publications that contain information on all fifty states and countries around the world. 

If you have any questions about how to find government publications, or how they might be useful in your research, please don't hesitate to contact Elizabeth Psyck, the government documents librarian, at or (616) 331-8674.


Consider browsing this helpful handout:  

  1. Government Documents LibGuide


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  • Last Updated Mar 13, 2020
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  • Answered By Francesca Golus

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