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How do I find a government document?

Since 1894, the Tacoma Public Library has been a selective Federal Depository Library, receiving publications from numerous federal agencies, as well as the fifteen executive departments and the legislative and judicial branches of the United States government. Federal documents come to the Tacoma Public Library in print, microfiche, and electronic formats as well as via the World Wide Web. The entire print, microfiche, compact disc and dvd collection of federal publications is located at the Main Library.

Access to federal publications on the World Wide Web is available at all branches of the Tacoma Public Library. Among other items, the Library’s documents collection includes congressional, census, and consumer documents; Agriculture, Education and Interior publications; CIA, NASA and Smithsonian materials; and a large collection of federal income tax forms. Access to the Library’s government publications collection from July 1976 to the present is available online. The Library also provides numerous paper indexes at the Main Library in the reference collection to access older government publications.

The Tacoma Public Library provides online access to the commercial database, MARCIVE, to assist patrons in locating government publications. MARCIVE indexes federal publications from July 1976 to the present and provides online links to numerous electronic federal documents. You will need a valid Library Card to access MARCIVE from home, school or work.  Reference staff at the Main Library are available to assist patrons in their search for government information. Simply call Telephone Reference, (253) 292-2001 or use any of the other numerous ways to get an answer to a question.

Last Updated 22.01.2012
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