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Government Documents Collection


 The Worcester Public Library is the largest selective depository of federal documents in Central Massachusetts. It has been a Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1895, and holds many  19th century documents. The entire collection exceeds 300,000 documents. Documents are available in various formats: paper, microform, DVD, kits and online. Special areas include: Federal statistical census 1790 to present; Manuscript census 1790 to 1930; Civil War records; Native American studies.


Access U.S. Government Information on the Go and on the Shelf

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government: is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government

Catalog of United States Government Publications: a finding tool for federal publications with descriptive information about historical and current publications. Direct links to full documents when available provides free online public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government including Congressional bills, hearings, documents, reports, statutes at large, history of bills, the Congressional Record, and directories.

National Archives - Congressional Committee and Commissions Websites

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS): provides population, education, economy, ethnicity, agriculture, and slave population data for the United States between 1790 and 2014. an interagency portal to government services and information about health, housing, jobs, unemployment, money, travel, immigration, education, and the environment

U.S. Census Bureau: provides current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy


U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInformation about patents and trademarks.

Patents DatabaseFull-text of patents from 1976 to present, and patent images from 1790 to present.

Data and Statistics

Data.govPublic access to quantitative microdata in machine-readable datasets for researching, developing web and mobile applications, and designing data visualizations.

Data and Statistics about the U.S.: demographic and economic data, population, and maps

Technical Reports

National Technical Information Service (NTIS): Government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information covering 350 subjects.

Science, Technology and Engineering (OSTI): Office of Scientific and Technical Information


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