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Government Documents: Getting Started

This guide to Government Documents at the City College of New York is intended to provide you with information about accessing government documents and to help you find governmental resources useful to your scholarship.

Popular Government Resources

Government Informaiton

This library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the Government documents is guaranteed by public law.

Welcome to CCNY Government Documents Libguides

The Federal Documents Depository Library at The City College of New York 

The City College of New York became a Federal documents depository in 1884. The primary mission of the depository collection is to reflect and support the research and teaching needs of the students, faculty and staff of the CCNY community, as well as the government document needs of the residents of the 15th Congressional District of New York. Depository items are selected based on a combination of current and anticipated usage, format and timeliness. CCNY currently selects 50% of the Federal depository documents available and we hold depository material in all available formats, including paper, microforms, maps and electronic materials. The bulk of CCNY’s Federal documents are kept in the college’s main library, (the Cohen Library), though documents of scientific interest are shelved in our Science/Engineering Library.

Documents are included in our online catalog and the City College document collections are available to patrons during all the hours the libraries are open. Our government documents collection is a reference-only collection and documents do not circulate. Members of the public who wish to use any of CCNY’s government documents are welcome at any time the libraries are open. This library is a congressional designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)


For subject guides in other areas of study, see the complete list here.

Subject Guide

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Tynan Hoffman
Cohen Library Reference Division
(212) 650-5750


Special thanks to Mark Scott of the University of Pittsburgh for permitting the use of his guide Government Information as a template for this guide.