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)

The Government Information collection is comprised primarily of US and New Hampshire government publications. It also includes maps and geospatial data and other forms of data. In addition to the library’s physical collections, access to extensive online government information is also available.

Finding Government Information

Useful starting points to find government information, whether online or in print, include the following:

To find US documents published before 1976, ask for assistance as the listed catalogs don’t provide full 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

  • For assistance, Ask a Librarian
  • All members of the public may use these materials. Anyone with a UNH library card can borrow from the circulating collection
  • 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.

Circulating Collection Locations 

Noncirculating Collection Locations 

  • Level 1 of Dimond Library - Designated "Docs Ref - Level 1" in library catalog
  • Level 3 (Main Floor) of Dimond Library - Designated as "Docs Ref - Level 3" in library catalog
  • Documents Microforms: Room 210 (Dimond Level 2)
  • NH State Documents: Special Collections and Archives, Dimond Level 1
  • Selected older material/sets are in Storage and may be requested through the Government Information Librarian; most do not circulate

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.