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U.S. Government Information Office


ODL is a selective depository library of the Depository Library Program of the U.S. Government Publishing Office. The majority of this collection is distributed by the Government Publishing Office as part of the Federal Depository Library Program. We offer and promote free public access to federal government information with tangible and digital materials.

Oklahoma’s Territorial Library began receiving federal government publications in 1893. Today, ODL’s U.S. Government Information Division receives publications from all three branches of the government: executive, legislative, and judicial.

As a selective depository library, we receive 63% of our new federal publications per year digitally, but we also receive federal publications in paper, DVD, and microfiche formats. We specialize in knowing and working with federal government websites.

Anyone can use our materials in person, but only state government employees can check out materials directly. Other customers can borrow materials through the statewide interlibrary loan program. The loan period for most materials is 30 days.

  • GovInfo provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government
  • USA.Gov is your online guide to government information and services.
  • The U.S. Census is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. Explore Census data. See Using American Community Survey Data: Your Guide (PDF) by the ODL Government Info Division.
  • National Archives is the online public portal to the U.S. archives, records and information. The catalog currently provides access to over 2 million electronic records. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. 
  • The Official White House website provides information about the administration and about the White House itself. The site presents issue positions, news, Cabinet, appointments, offices and major speeches. Includes biography, video tour and photo essays.
  • As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.
  • Find Your Representative - Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member's website and contact page.
  • Established by the Constitution as one chamber of the federal government’s legislative branch, the United States Senate is comprised of one hundred members—two senators from each of the 50 states—who serve six-year, overlapping terms.
  • Find Your Senator - Search by State, Class or Name to find your Senator.
  • Government Agencies and Elected Officials - Find contact information for federal, state, and local government agencies and elected officials.
  • The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  • The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications as well as direct links to the full document, when available.

Location

The ODL's U.S. Government Office can be found on the 2nd floor at the Allen Wright Memorial Library, 200 NE 18th Street, OKC, OK.  

Contact

We encourage Oklahomans to contact ODL’s U.S. Government Information Office with questions. Our mission is to provide access to federal government information to the people of Oklahoma.

For more information or to inquire about access to the collection, please contact Mike.Cameron@libraries.ok.gov or Heather.Kitchen@libraries.ok.gov.

Last Modified on Jul 27, 2022