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Government Information


The US government funds research with the expectation that new ideas and discoveries will propel science, stimulate the economy, and improve the lives and welfare of Americans. Enhancing access to this federally funded research through libraries improves use by the public, provides for effective archiving strategies for these resources, and ensures accountability of the federal investment.

The federal government is also the largest producer of information in the US. Research libraries are long-standing partners in the Federal Depository Library Program, one means to ensure accessible, effective, and long-term access to government information. ARL advocates for these and other information resources to be accessible for all users, regardless of physical or cognitive disabilities.


  • Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

    Recognizing the need to centralize government printing and to establish a mechanism to provide US citizens with no-fee access to federal government information, Congress passed the Printing Act of 1895...

  • Public Access to Federally Funded Research and Government Information

    Numerous federal statutes, executive orders, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars provide agencies with guidance concerning the creation, collection, maintenance, dissemination, and preservation of government information. Ensuring effective...


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