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Government Publications

The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library is a selective depository library of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The Law Library selects and receives approximately 11% of all items offered by the FDLP. Our documents collection consists primarily of legal and law-related materials. Depository materials are received in paper, microfiche, and electronic formats.

Access to Depository Materials

The UNC community and the general public may visit the Law Library to use these materials during regular library hours. In many cases, the material must be consulted in the Law Library and does not circulate outside the Law Library.

Locating Government Documents in the Law Library

Depository materials are fully cataloged. Some documents are integrated into the Library's collection. Others are cataloged by SUDOC number and are shelved on the first floor of the Law Library. Patrons may use the UNC online catalog to determine availability of titles. For assistance in finding and using depository materials, visit the Reference Desk.

Locating Government Documents Online

In December 2018, the Government Publishing Office launched govinfo.gov, an updated  website that provides free public access to official documents from all three branches of the federal government. govinfo.gov is the official website of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). govinfo.gov provides free electronic access to documents produced by the federal government including congressional, executive, and judicial branch documents. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from govinfo.gov can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. For specific information on what is available through govinfo.gov, consult GPO's availability page. govinfo.gov replaced FDsys (Federal Digital System).

THOMAS was the original database of congressional legislative. It lauched in January 1995 and lasted until July 5, 2016. Congress.gov is THOMAS' successor and provides comprehensive, free electronic access to congressional documents including the Congressional Record, bills, committee reports, transcripts of debates, and public laws.

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