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Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The federal government offers free resources that touch every citizen's daily life, from nutrition and transportation, to education and financial benefits.​ As a regional depository in the federal depository library program, we're pleased to curate this selection of free online resources available to the public, students at the University of Colorado and beyond!

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Government Information Library

The Government Information Library is a regional library of the Federal Depository Library Program as well as a depository of Colorado state, United Nations, and European Union information. It consists of over five million items from the United States government, Colorado and other state governments, foreign governments, and international governmental organizations like the UN. As a federal depository, the Library also offers assistance and its collections to members of the public. This includes providing public computers for unrestricted access to government information on the Internet.

We offer a wide array of services to support students, staff, and faculty, including online guides for research, one-on-one consultations, class instruction, phone, email, and walk-in reference.


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Tips & Tools for Searching Gov Info

Information is arranged by government entity or agency. The agency is the best place to start.

  • Identify the agency by searching for keywords in or the IGO/NGO search below.
  • Scan the results to identify relevant agencies. 
  • Search for and go to the agency homepage. 
  • Take a quick look at the menu. 
  • When all else fails, ask for help!


Image Credits

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1860-1865) from the National Archives Series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes.