Government Information

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As part of a land-grant institution, this library has been a designated depository for US federal government publications since 1907. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

In addition to the library’s physical collections, access to extensive online government information is also available through the library catalog, FDLP LibGuides, our Resources by Subject pages, and other resources on this page. Please use Ask a Librarian to ask us your questions through our email and appointment services.

Please check the library’s COVID-19 page for updates and additional information on our resources and services.


Generally, to find government publications, search one or more of these:

To find US documents published before 1976, ask for assistance as the above catalogs provide limited coverage of UNH holdings for this period.

Many recent New Hampshire government publications are found in the New Hampshire State Government Digital Document Depository.

Library Services

  • All members of the public may use these materials
  • Anyone with a UNH library card can borrow from the circulating collection
  • For assistance, Ask a Librarian
  • Some of the library's data services and geospatial software are only available to the UNH community
  • Computer access for the public to government information is available through the public-access workstations on Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor). There is also one workstation on Level 3, which may run some of the older US government CD-ROMs in the collection.

Patents & Trademarks

The UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). Most patent information is available on the open web.