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Government Documents

Federal Depository Library Program

JPL is a selective federal depository library as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), and has been since 1966. Through the FDLP, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes government information available to the general public, free of cost. This information includes congressional bills, laws, regulations, presidential documents, studies, and more on a variety of topics such as careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and numerous other subjects.

Helpful Tools

FDLP Basic Collection

Provides information about the workings and essential activities of the U.S. Government, including the Budget of the United States Government, the Federal Register, Economic Indicators, the United States Code, and more.

FDLP Content

Describes the types of government resources and publications available through the FDLP.

Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

Offers guides and training webinars on government information sources.

Find contact information for U.S. federal government departments and agencies.

Search for historical and current federal publications.  Direct links to full-text documents are included, if available.

Learn about America’s communities through comprehensive statistics on topics like education, employment, health, housing, and more.

Includes cornerstone documents of the U.S. such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc.

Provides access to information published by agencies across the federal government.  Find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.

Tracks, documents, and analyzes changes to environmental data and governance practices, and works to preserve data from agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.  It is also available on

Provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

This tool can simultaneously search multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, etc. and providing direct links to resources that are available online.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, films and video, audio recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Search the library’s catalog, browse its digital collections, access teacher guides, and more.

The National Archives preserves United States government documents, records, and publications. It also oversees the Presidential Libraries system. Search for historical and current government documents, including veterans' service records.

Offers occupational and career information, including detailed profiles on many jobs in the U.S., including work environment, any needed education or training requirements, a ten-year outlook, and median pay.

The official handbook of the Federal Government, which provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, as well as quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the U.S. participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.

The U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state, and local government web resources and services.  It can help you locate and understand government benefits, programs, and information.

Get in Touch

If you’re looking for information about or from the federal government, you can get help by reaching out to JPL’s reference department. Visit the library, email, or call 201-343-4781.

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