U.S. government documents

FDLP LogoThe Jerome Hall Law Library has participated in the Federal Depository Library Program since 1978, selecting approximately 22 percent of the material available to depository libraries through this program. The Library collects all publications of Congress, all Justice Department publications, administrative reports and decisions, major agency annual reports, and other publications thought to be important for research in law or law-related subjects. Additional documents are selected with the research interests of the law faculty in mind. The Library also attempts to collect comprehensively in the areas of civil rights and the environment.

The documents collection is fully cataloged using OCLC and those records have been fully integrated into IUCAT. In addition to print publications (paper and microform), the variety of formats of government information includes DVD, CD-ROM, and electronic documents accessible through the Internet. Access to electronic documents is also provided through IUCAT.

The Law Library's Online Resources collection and Research Guides provide access to:

  • Sources of U.S. Federal, state, and municipal government information
  • FDsys and Congress.gov, government-sponsored databases offering the full-text of U.S. Federal legislative and agency materials
  • Federal Depository Library Program administrative materials
  • Guides to research and electronic sources

Ephemeral government documents available in the Library can be found using the finding lists (Pamphlet File, Slip Laws, Slip Opinions, and Microforms) linked on our guide, “Government Documents in the Jerome Hall Law Library.”

The Jerome Hall Law Library is also one of only a few law schools that serves as a depository for U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs in paper. In addition, the Library holds the records and briefs for the Indiana Supreme and Appellate courts.

Jerome Hall Law Library FDLP Internet Use Policy

The Law Library offers the general public free access to online federal government information provided through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), following the principles of free access provided in 44 U.S.C. § 1911.

Computer Access: Three computer workstations in the library lobby are designated for research use by the general public. Ask for the guest login credentials at the circulation desk. Printing to a networked laser printer is available. Please see a reference librarian for research assistance.

Please see the library guide, "Government Documents Department of the Law Library" for more information on access to and use of the government documents collection.