Federal Documents Depository


 The Woodbridge Public Library has been a congressionally designated depository for federal documents since 1965. As a member of the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program, we receive free of charge selected items produced in print, microfiche and electronic (CD-ROM or DVD) format.

The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. Every day the U.S. Government issues congressional bills, laws, regulations, presidential documents, studies, and more on a variety of topics. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

Since 1813, select U.S. Government documents have been made available throughout the United States and its territories to designated libraries. These designated libraries are called Federal depository libraries.

As members of the FDLP, depository libraries play a prominent role in providing Federal Government information to the public. FDLP libraries collaborate on a local and national level to provide informed access to both historical and current Federal Government resources distributed through the FDLP and deposited in libraries across the country.

Anyone can visit Federal depository libraries and use the Federal depository collections which are filled with information on careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and numerous other subjects.

The authority for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the legal obligations of designated Federal depository libraries are found in 44 United States Code §§1901‐1916.

Among the highlights of the Woodbridge Library's federal documents collection are Census materials, Congressional hearings, public laws and regulations, U.S. Army histories, maps, and Supreme Court decisions. In addition to items in our physical collection, we provide access to thousands of online government documents. All of the materials in our collection are listed in the Library’s online catalog, regardless of format. 

While a limited number of materials in the documents collection circulate, the majority of print documents are in closed stacks and for reference use only. Please see a librarian at the Information Desk for assistance with these.

Government documents related questions can be submitted using our Ask A Librarian service. Or you can use the following search box to search for government information using USA.gov:



Highlighted Federal Web Site of the Month

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Are you looking for government grants or loans? The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.

As the basic reference source of Federal programs, the primary purpose of the Catalog is to assist users in identifying programs that meet specific objectives of the potential applicant, and to obtain general information on Federal assistance programs.

For questions about CFDA, you can contact the Federal Service Desk by clicking on the For Help: Federal Service Desk link on the bottom left of every page or by visiting the Federal Service Desk at (https://www.fsd.gov). Users may call the Federal Service Desk by dialing 1-866-606-8220 (national) or 1-334-206-7828 (international) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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