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A starting point for locating government information and specific government publications.

Government Documents

 Government Publications at Syracuse University


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The government documents collection includes all types of government publications in all formats. The SU Libraries has been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program for more than 135 years since it was designated by US Representative Frank Hiscock on Feb 7, 1878. We currently select 70% of all documents available to depository libraries. We also collect other government publications that include:

  • New York State documents
  • Documents from the Council of Europe, United Nations, Great Britain, Canada
  • Select items from Onondaga County & the City of Syracuse.

The collection includes over 500,000 paper items, thousands of items in electronic format, over 4,000 CD-ROMS and DVDs, and over 1 million microfiche. Materials are located on the 3rd floor of Bird Library. Most government publications can be searched for by using the Classic Catalog or SUMMON

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)


Updated June 30, 2015

General Public Access to Documents at SU Libraries

For Visitors:

All are welcome to use the Government Documents Collection when ever the library is open to the public. (8am - 8pm M-F, 10am - 8pm Sat/Sun). Please refer to the Use and Conduct policy for more information on using any of the Libraries.  Please refer to the Visitor's Guide on using the Libraries online catalog and any of the databases.

For Documents information on CD-ROMs and DVDs there is a stand-alone CD-ROM computer available for use in the GSIC lab across from the 3rd floor service desk.

USB access keys are available for patrons who wish to use the computers to access government information from the databases. Ask for assistance at the 3rd floor service desk.


John Olson
358 Bird Library
Syracuse University
222 Waverly Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
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Library Assistance

The Government Information Librarian is available for:

  • class workshops or presentations on library research and resources
  • small group assistance on research projects
  • individual research help


Please use the contact information in the box above to schedule an appointment.