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Syracuse University Libraries

Government Information: Home

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


ATTENTION:  At this time access to the Library’s Federal Depository U.S. Government Documents collection, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been restricted to only SU/SUNY-ESF students, staff and faculty.

Because of this restriction we are unable to accommodate students and the general public, at this time, with direct access to the U.S. Government Documents print collection.

Access to digital online Government information is still available as usual through the Libraries’ website and through the Documents research guide.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will provide full access again as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may contact our Regional Depository Library, The New York State Library, in Albany  (518) 474-5355 for help with Government information. Contact information for other nearby Depository Libraries can be found in the Federal Depository Library Directory.

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 140 years since it was designated by US Congressional 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, City of Syracuse and Onondaga County documents
  • Documents from the Council of Europe, United Nations, Great Britain

The collection includes over 500,000 paper items, thousands of items in electronic format, over 4,000 CD-ROMS and DVDs, and over 2 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 January 11, 2021.


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Preservation Steward

Syracuse University Library has entered into a Preservation Stewardship agreement with the US Government Publishing Office (GPO). The Libraries will be one of four geographically dispersed locations around the country to permanently preserve and retain the print volumes of the United States Statutes at Large.

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