About the Department
The Government Documents Department contains publications published and distributed by the United States Government Printing Office. As a congressionally designated depository, the Cleveland Public Library selects publications originating from all agencies of the federal government and covering all topics. The Library has been a federal depository since 1886 and has consistently selected a high percentage of the available publications, making it one of the more comprehensive collections in the Cleveland area.
Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)
- U.S. Census: 1790 to date, is available in a combination of book, microform and CD-ROM. Included are the decennial Census of Population and Housing and the non-decennial Agriculture and Economic Censuses (Retail, Wholesale and Services).
- Census Abstracts: City, county, MSA and state populations in the County and City Data Book and the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book.
- Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: Summary of America`s social, political, and economic organization, with Historical Statistics of the U.S., Colonial Times to 1970.
- Congress and Legislation: Biographical information on the legislators; committee assignments; Federal department rosters; and domestic and foreign consular listings. Progress of any legislation can be traced using these resources.
- Congressional Information: Congressional committee hearings, reports, documents, prints, public laws, and legislative histories back to 1789.
- Consumer Publications: The Consumer Information Catalog, Subject Bibliographies, and the online Sales Product Catalog. The Consumer`s Resource Handbook helps consumers navigate today`s complex marketplace.
- Laws and Regulations: Current public laws, as well as permanent volumes of the Statutes-At-Large and the U.S. Code. The Code of Federal Regulations dates back to 1938. Federal Register dates back to 1936.
- POTUS: Official activities and communications of the President of the United States, including Executive Orders and Proclamations.
- Magazines: A selection of magazines and other recurring publications are on display in the southwest corner room. Index back to 1970.
- Patent Collection: The Government Documents Department is also a U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository Library.
- Statistics: Search federal statistical publications from the 1960`s to the present by geographic divisions, by commodities and income, and by numerous other qualifiers, including age, race, sex, and education.