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Government Documents

The Anoka County Public Library has been a selective Federal Depository Library since 1971. The library selects only a small percentage of all federal government documents produced, but provides electronic links to a wide range of additional federal documents. On a local level, the library also provides access to various regional, state, county, and city government information as well as Metropolitan Council publications. Federal and local materials come in many formats: books, pamphlets, maps, magazines, CD-ROM, internet sites, etc.

While the Northtown Library still receives some federal documents in tangible form, many of the tangible items we used to receive have been replaced with electronic equivalents, provided the electronic version is complete, official, and permanently accessible. Thus, the majority of our federal government documents are accessible through our online catalog via electronic links. Search for them by title, subject, named author, or publishing government agency.


Although there are many government websites available online, a couple of good one-stop, free online sites for accessing official Federal Government information are the Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System and websites. For children, try Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids.

Additional federal, state, and local government websites can be accessed by highlighting  the "Research" tab on our home page, clicking on "Subject Guide", then clicking on "Government Information". Or by clicking here.