Congress established the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1813 to ensure that the American public has free access to information published by the U. S. government. This program safeguards one of our nation’s strongest traditions: the public’s right to know. The FDLP identifies, catalogs and ensures permanent access to government publications through Federal Depository Libraries. Types of materials include print, microfiche, maps, posters, CD-ROM and online access. The materials made available through the Depository program are governed by the U. S. Code, Title 44, which states: “Government publications, except those determined by their issuing components to be required for official use only or for strictly administrative or operational purposes which have no public interest or educational value and publications classified for reasons of national security, shall be made available to depository libraries through the facilities of the Superintendent of Documents for public information”.
The participation of the Erie County Public Library in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) began in March 1897 through the sponsorship of Frances A. Crandall, the first Superintendent of Documents and former editor of Erie’s newspapers. At this time Erie’s public library building was still in the planning stages, but space had been set aside to store the government publications and other books until the building was completed. Today, the Erie County Public Library acquires more than 27% of all U. S. government publications made available through the FDLP. Government publications can be accessed through the Library Catalog.
BROWSE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES (http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/extgovd.html)
Link for the Library of Congress to a wide variety of government information resources.
FDLP ELECTRONIC COLLECTION (http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/ec/index.html)
Comprehensive digital library of U.S. government information drawn from a wide variety of sources.
FEDERAL CITIZEN INFORMATION CENTER (http://fpueblo.gsa.gov)
Refers you to the resources that can help answer some of the most frequently asked questions handled by FIC.
FEDERAL WEB LOCATOR (http://www.lib.auburn.edu/madd/docs/fedloc.html)
Comphrehensive list of Federal Government web sites.
Statistical information from more than 70 government agencies organized in a subject-based A-Z index.
The official U.S. gateway to all government information.
FREQUENTLY USED SITES RELATED TO U.S. GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
Directory of links, organized by topics, to popular government documents on the Internet.
GOVERNMENT INFORMATION LOCATOR SERVICE (GILS)
Official government information search engine.
GPO ACCESS (http://www.gpoaccess.gov)
If there is one “official” site for federal government information this is it; maintained by the United States Government Printing Office.
Academic search engine for government information.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (http://www.loc.gov)
AMERICAN FACTFINDER (http://factfinder.census.gov)
Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
CATALOG OF US GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS (http://catalog.gpo.gov)
Finding tool for federal publications; provides direct links to those available online.
Resource for consumer information from the federal government.
Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce to locate government information.
Non-partisan government information portal.
EXECUTIVE FEDERAL BUDGET AND ECONOMIC REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT (http://www.gpo.gov/usbudget/index.html)
INAUGURAL ADDRESSES OF THE PRESIDENTS (http://www.bartleby.com/124)
POTUS: PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES (http://www.ipl.org/div/potus)
Information on each President, his cabinet members, election highlights, links to historical documents, inaugural addresses and First Ladies.
WHITE HOUSE (http://www.whitehouse.gov)
Official presidential site – includes press releases, speeches.
Guide to Congress and related Internet resources. Provides links to web sites of individual members.
Congressional directory, status of legislation, voting records.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (http://www.house.gov)
Member and committee directories, links to individual pages.
LEGISLATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
Biographies of individuals who have served in Congress from 1774 through the present. Search by name, position or state.
GOVERNMENT RESOURCES (http://thomas.loc.gov/links)
Links to Congressional information from official and non-official sources.
PROJECT VOTE-SMART (http://www.vote-smart.org)
Includes voting records, issues information, biographies of current members.
Directory of senators with links to home pages. Includes biographies and committee assignments.
THOMAS: LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET (http://thomas.loc.gov)
Full text of current House and Senate bills, Congressional Record, background information on Congress.
FEDERAL JUDICIARY HOMEPAGE (http://www.uscourts.gov)
HISTORIC FILE OF SUPREME COURT DECISIONS 1937-1975 (http://www.fedworld.gov/supcourt)
SUPREME COURT RULES (http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/supct/overview.html)
U.S. FEDERAL COURTS FINDER (http://www.law.emory.edu/FEDCTS)
U.S. SUPREME COURT OPINIONS (http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html)
Includes court decisions, Supreme Court News.
COMMONWEALTH LIBRARIES (http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us)
From the Pennsylvania Department of Education – includes links to Pennsylvania libraries on the web and libraries serving Pennsylvania government. Includes links to the State Library Catalog and history of the library.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA (http://www.state.pa.us)
The state’s official web site including links to the Pennsylvania Code, Pennsylvania Bulletin, Pennsylvania Constitution.
PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY (http://www.legis.state.pa.us)
Information about House and Senate bills and calendars.
PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (http://www.house.state.pa.us)
PENNSYLVANIA STATE DATA CENTER (http://pasdc.hbg.psu.edu)
Official source of demographic and economic data for Pennsylvania.
SENATE OF PENNSYLVANIA (http://www.pasen.gov)
PENNSYLVANIA MANUAL (http://www.dgs.state.pa.us/pamanual)
CITY OF ERIE GOVERNMENT (http://www.ci.erie.pa.us)
COUNTY OF ERIE (http://www.eriecountygov.org)
Official site for Erie County government links.
MUNICIPAL CODE CORPORATION (http://www.municode.com)
Free municipal codes online for selected cities.
MUNICIPAL CODES ONLINE
Seattle Public Library maintains links to city and county codes throughout the U.S.