Government Information

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This library is a congressionally designated depository for US Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Access to extensive online government information is also available online through the library catalog, FDLP LibGuides, and some of the resources on this page (including the Resources by Subject pages to the left). Please use Ask a Librarian to ask us your research or reference 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 during this unique time.


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 Library Digital Library Collection.

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 next to the Research Center Desk, 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. The UNH Law Library PTRC workstations are available Monday-Friday, 11am to 4pm. See their website for details.