Government Documents

The LSU Law Library is a selective depository for United States government publications. Our item selection focuses on legal and law-related documents, including congressional materials, administrative regulations, administrative decisions, and presidential papers. We are open to the public.

Selected government publications are integrated into the LSU Law Library collection; bibliographic information about those materials and, selectively, links to the location of those materials available online, are accessible through the Law Library’s online catalog. Print and electronic tools to find specific congressional materials such as bills, hearings, and committee reports are also available. Many of our government publications are in electronic or microfiche formats, and some are in paper form. If you need assistance in locating and retrieving a government publication, regardless of format, please ask. Reference assistance for government publications is available from the Law Library’s Government Information Librarian (225-578-8815) and the Reference Desk on the first floor of the library (225-578-4042). The Government Information Librarian is on duty from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional assistance via the Reference Desk at night and on weekends during the Fall and Spring semesters. Both telephone and walk-in questions will be addressed.

Electronic access to a wide variety of government information is available through FDsys, the U.S. Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System. FDsys, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, the FDLP Basic Collection, and other government information sources on the Internet (see Free Law Online), are available at the Library’s public computers. Patrons may read or download information.

Paper government publications circulate according the Law Library’s general circulation policy. Publications on microfiche will be duplicated using a fiche-to-fiche duplicator or copied in part using the Department’s microfiche reader-printer for a fee.

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