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Government Information

A guide for finding government resources and information


Access to Government Publications is provided via the following options.  A public kiosk is available near the Research Help desk in the Learning Commons to enable non-NNU affiliated users to search by any of the access points listed here. 

  1. Search the NNU Library Catalog for links to an electronic copy. 
  2. Search WorldCat for an electronic copy.
  3. Search for an electronic copy.
  4. Check with neighboring Federal Depository Libraries - Boise State University, Boise Public Library, or College of Idaho
  5. Contact Sheryll Hampton, NNU Government Documents Librarian, for further assistance



 The John E Riley Library has been a selective depository library for U.S. Government Documents publications since 1984. The Library selects approximately 20 percent of the publications made available to participating depository libraries. The Documents Collection is arranged by the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDocs), which arranges publications by their issuing agency.  Documents are located on the Main floor of the library. The Collection is especially strong in areas of education, health sciences, business, history, and political science.

Depository Libraries

Government Documents at Depository Libraries 

• Federal: The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information.  Since 1813, depository libraries have collected government documents and provided free access to them for the public. Anyone can visit one of the 1,250 Federal depository libraries and use the Federal depository collections.

• State: The State of Idaho disseminates Idaho government information to the public through its website