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Government Resources: Federal Government

This guide will help you locate local and federal government resources.

Federal Depository Library Program

The Federal Depository Library Program makes U.S. Federal Government information available for FREE public use in Federal depository libraries. These libraries are located throughout the United States and its territories. ANYONE can visit Federal depository libraries and access the collections.

The University of Iowa is a Regional Depository Library. Selective depository libraries in Iowa include:

  • State Library of Iowa
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Drake University
  • Graceland University
  • Grinnell College
  • Loras College
  • Des Moines Public Library
  • Davenport Public Library
  • Sioux City Public Library

Databases and General Online Government Document Resources

USA Government

Search Tip

Sometimes finding a government document is like looking for a needle in the haystack! What to do?  If you do a Google search and include at the end of your search, Google will limit the results to government websites only.  How nifty is that?!

Thank You

This LibGuide has been adapted from the Government Information LibGuide from UNI. The HJF Library Staff would like to thank UNI for the use of their resources.

How Do I Know Where to Look?

Our federal government provides a large number of resources for you to access.

A great place to look for hearings, laws, executive orders, judicial cases and much more is govinfo.

If you are looking for statistics, try FEDSTATS.  The U.S. government is one of the largest collectors of statistics in the world. provides a large number of datasets that can be used with a variety of statistical packages.

Various agencies of the government can provide in-depth information on a variety of topics as well.  Go to for more information on the agencies and the resources they provide.