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About the Collection

Western Libraries has served as a selective depository library for U.S. Government publications since the 1960s, positioning us as an invaluable resource for interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Our Government Documents Collection houses hundreds of thousands of federal publications alongside materials from the State of Washington and the Canadian Federal Government. From tangible formats such as books, journals, and periodicals to digital formats such as CDs and DVDs, websites, and databases, our collection encompasses a wide range of resources that cater to diverse user preferences. Many materials in our Map Collection are also government publications. With a historic emphasis on the Pacific Northwest, we actively collect from dozens of federal government agencies, particularly the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health & Human Services, Interior, and Congress.


Whether you're a researcher, student, or member of the public, Western Libraries can support your research needs with its rich collection of government publications. Our materials are accessible to everyone with valid identification, and most items can be checked out. Many publications are also available through InterLibrary Loan (ILL) and can be delivered to your local public library.


For research assistance and instructional workshops, contact the Government Documents Librarian. 

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