Government Publications

The A. C. Clark Library is one of 21 libraries in Minnesota participating in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

The Library’s Collection Development Policy (2010) describes as the purpose of the Government publications collections “to provide to the public and to Bemidji State University’s students, staff and faculty selected resources distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program or issued by an agency of the State of Minnesota.”

The focus of the content is items which support the curriculum (in particular, items pertaining to Native Americans), and items which contribute to the understanding of the history, resources, and development of Minnesota (especially North Central Minnesota).

In 2011, A. C. Clark Library transitioned to a primarily electronic selective federal depository library.  The majority of future acquisitions will be in electronic format, with catalog records available in the BSU Library Catalog.  The web-accessible Catalog of U. S. Government Publications may be used to identify additional resources beyond the A. C. Clark Library and to link to available online content.

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The National Park Service recently issued a 1,200 page federal document, titled “LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History” which is an extensive look at the LGBTQ community in the United States. It is hoped that this effort will assist in the preservation of historic LGBTQ sites across the country, as in the recent designation of the Stonewall Inn as a national monument.  Also worth noting is an excellent guide by University of California-San Diego librarians, titled “LGBTQ History in Government Documents,” which includes a timeline and bibliography, as well as a slide presentation.

NOTICE:  GPO is currently experiencing issues with the Chrome browser for many of their websites.  Until this issue has been corrected, it is recommended that Firefox or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer be used.

Check out Capitol Words to see which words or phases are used, and by whom, as recorded in the Congressional Record. This is a project of the Sunlight Foundation.

Visit The American Presidency Project for a wealth of documents relating to the presidency, including State of the Union addresses, papers, executive orders, radio addresses, and fireside chats. Also included are election-related materials (2016 materials added as available,) including party platforms.

The Department of Defense has released the 2014 Defense Spending by State Report (available for download in 2 parts.) The report for Minnesota is included in Part 1.

Explore the Virtual Exhibit of “Why Treaties Matter”, a traveling exhibit which is currently on display at the University of Minnesota Duluth Tweed Gallery from Sept. 29 through Oct. 4. Learn more about this exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities CenterMinnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The Government Printing Office is now officially renamed the Government Publishing Office.

The official digital version of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture and the CIA has been released to the public.

Check out the latest estimates at the U.S. and World Population Clock.

Federal government information resources on Ebola, including online links, are available to the public from within the Catalog of Government Publications.

With the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is making the official, digital version of the law available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited segregation and discrimination in schools, public places and activities, and employment practices. GPO employees produced the original document 50 years ago.

The official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report on President Kennedy’s assassination is now available on the Federal Digital System. The audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals involved on the day of President Kennedy’s assassination are also available. will redirect to beginning November 19, 2013.

Visit for information on the Affordable Care Act and to sign up for coverage. Minnesotans may visit the MNSure website, or call 1-855-3MNSURE (1-855-366-7873 toll-free) for information on the health insurance marketplace specifically for Minnesota residents. The authentic, digital version of the Affordable Care Act is available on the United States Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (

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