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This library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the Government information is guaranteed by public law.
Alderman Library is the Regional Federal Depository Libraryfor Virginia, and a depository for Virginia, the United Nations, and the European Union. Government documents can be checked out like other library materials. Knowledgeable staff are happy to assist you in your research.
Covid-19 restrictions have brought many changes to library operations.
Many documents are available online through our catalog or using the resources listed in the guide below.
All registered users are able to request physical documents using Virgo (instructions here: https://www.library.virginia.edu/services/request). Stacks browsing is not currently available, so be sure to request materials you would like to check-out or view at the library well before you plan to visit. You will be notified by email when they are available.
Local residents who use the Jefferson Madison Public Library can request items from UVA's collection through JMRL's interlibrary loan program: https://jmrl.org/ill.php
If you have any questions, please use the Ask A Librarian chat function or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Information by and about the U.S. Congress: documents and reports, Legislative Histories, hearings, and members and committees. Search the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Federal Regulations, The Hill, and Roll Call. Formerly LexisNexis Congressional.
Federal legislative history service. Includes the Public Law, all versions of related bills, Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, prints, Presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and additional background material.
Retrospective, full-text .pdf coverage of hundreds of legal periodicals, U.S. Supreme Court cases, the U.S. Statutes at Large, Congressional Record, hearings and other legislative history materials, Federal Register, U.S. Attorney General opinions, U.S. treaties and agreements, Foreign and International Law, Israel Law Reports, English Reports, Hague Academy Recueil des Cours, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law collection, and the Virginia Law Weekly archive. Searchable by citation, author/title, and keyword.
This database, maintained by the Government Printing Office, provides authenticated access to publications from all three branches of government. Coverage is strongest from the mid 1990s onwards, but older documents can be found here as well. New content is added daily. Use this database to find the text of legislation, bills, etc.
Need help using this resource? Video tutorials and overviews can be found here: https://www.fdlp.gov/govinfo-tutorials-2
GovInfo.gov replaces the FDSys platform, which was retired in Dec. 2018.