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Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.

Government Documents and Information

How to find and use Gould Library's government documents collection + many more links to government information on the web.

COVID-19 & Limited Library Access, 2021


Until further notice, the Library will only be accessible to current faculty, staff, and students via their OneCard. Unfortunately, guests and members of the community will be unable to use printed government documents during this time. Access to gov docs remains a priority, and many resources can be shared digitally. Please contact Katie Lewis, Government Documents Librarian, for assistance or with any questions. 

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Using our Government Document Collection

Gould Library participates in a federal government program to receive a select number of government publications in print. Many more current and historical documents are available online through open access. These are available for ANYONE in the community to access and use.

Where can I find the government documents?

  • Most recent government documents are published electronically. Many of these are linked from Catalyst and many, you can find at a government website or searching Google.
  • The print documents we have are primarily in a special section on 1st Libe.

How do I search for them in Catalyst?

  • Enter your search and then select "government documents" from the facets on the left.

Why would I use government documents?

  • Government documents are excellent for many kinds of research. From demographics from the Census, to agricultural statistics, to speeches on the floor of Congress, and more, government documents serve as excellent primary and secondary sources for your research.

Major Resources

Historic Documents