Government Documents Collection

The Worcester Public Library is the largest selective depository of Federal documents in Central Massachusetts. It has been a depository since 1859, and holds many 19th century documents. The entire collection exceeds 300,000 documents.

Documents are available in various formats; paper, microform, CD-ROM, DVD, kits and online.

Special areas include: Federal statistical census 1790 to present; Manuscript census 1790 to 1930; Civil War records; Native American studies.



Government Catalog Portal to Collections Services and Information Census Congressional Publications
Patents Data and Statistics Technical Reports Center for Disease Control  



Government Catalog Catalog of US Government Publications

A Finding tool for federal publications with descriptive information for historical and current publications. Direct links to full documents when available.


Portal to Collections Federal Digital System

Provides free online access to 50 different collections from all three federal Government Branches


Services and Information

An interagency portal to government services and information: health, housing, jobs, unemployment, money, travel, immigration, education, and the environment.


Census Databases American Fact Finder

population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the 2000 and 2010 censuses. Historical Census Browser

Population, education, economy, ethnicity, agriculture, and slave population data from 1790-1960.  Natiional Historical Geographic Information System

The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides,  for the United States between 1790 and 2014.


Congressional Publications Federal Digital System

Congressional bills, hearings, documents, reports, statutes at large, history of bills, Congressional Record, directories.


Patents U.S. Patent and Trademark office

Information about patents and trademarks Patents Database

Full text of patents from 1976 to present and patent images from 1790 to present.


Data and Statistics

Public access to quantitative microdata in machine readable datasets for research, developing web and mobile applications, and designing data visualizations. Data and Statistics Economics and Statistics


Technical Reports Science, technology and engineering National Technical Information Service  

Government Funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information covering 350 subjects. 


Center for Disease Control Government information on disease prevention, health conditions, and statistics on major diseases and health.

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