Government Depository


Orange County Public Law Library (OCPLL) participates in both the Federal and California state depository library programs. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress in 1813 to provide free public access to federal government information. The current structure was established in 1962 and is overseen by the Government Publishing Office (GPO). Access to government information is provided through a network of depository libraries across the United States and online using GPO’s “govinfo site. Federal depository libraries are required to provide access to the FDLP Basic Collection, core U.S. Government resources that support the public’s right to know about the workings and essential activities of the Federal Government. The California State Depository Library Program was established in 1945 and is administered by the California State Library. Participating libraries receive publications produced or distributed by California state agencies. As a selective depository, OCPLL chooses materials that coincide with the subject areas of our collection. Materials are available in a variety of formats and located in many areas within the Library.


FDLP History & Mission

About Federal Depository Libraries & FDLP Library Directory

GPO (U.S. Government Publishing office)


About the California State Depository Library Program

Directory of California State Depository Libraries


govinfo – access federal government documents online

About govinfo

Some Collections Available from govinfo :

Budget of the U.S. Government

Code of Federal Regulations

Congressional Bills

Congressional Hearings

Congressional Record

Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis & Interpretation

Economic Indicators

Federal Register

Government Accountability Reports

Public & Private Laws

Statutes at Large

Supreme Court Decisions

United States Code


Other Federal Resources:

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Copyright Office

Congressional Research Service

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Library of Congress


California Resources: (State of California homepage)

California Courts (Judicial Branch of California)

Immigration Resource Directory (California Courts – Self Help)

California Legislative Information (quick search for State Bills & Codes)

California State Senate

California State Assembly

Legislative Analyst’s Office

California State Library

Bureau of State Audits

California Department of Finance (including State Budget)

California Research Bureau