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U.S. Government Documents in Maine

The Garbrecht Law Library has been a Federal Depository for U.S. Government Documents since 1964. There are nine other libraries in the State of Maine that have been granted Federal Depository status.

  • List of libraries in Maine can be found by clicking on the link and choosing the State of Maine
  • While visiting the Garbrecht Law Library, use HeinOnline (click the link and choose HeinOnline from the library Resource page) to search:
    • United States Reports 1754 to present (located under U.S. Supreme Court Library)
    • United States Code 1925 to present
    • Code of Federal Regulations 1938 to present
    • There is a collection of print copies of the United States Reports and United States Code held on the 2nd Floor of the library
  • Basic Collection list of government documents held by Federal Depository Libraries
  • Search for U.S. Government Documents using URSUS if the document is held by one of the public universities:  University of Maine School of Law / University of Southern Maine; University of Maine in Orono; and University of Maine in Presque Isle
  • Search for U.S. Government Documents using CBBcat if the document is held by Colby, Bates or Bowdoin Colleges

Contact Information


U.S. Government Documents Coordinator &
Reference Law Librarian

Garbrecht Law Library
University of Maine School of Law
246 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04012
(207) 780-4835

What is a U.S. Government Document?

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is responsible for the production and distribution of information for all three branches of the federal government. It disseminates that information through online platforms and through designated Federal Depository Libraries across the country. Congressional reports, U.S. Court opinions, research done under government contract, books and articles spanning a variety of topics are all examples of government documents. The GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) allows for free online access to publications from all three branches of government.

GPO Databases for Government Documents