U.S. Government Documents


While the Central Library is closed for renovations, please contact the Information Services department if you need help locating a particular government document: reference@mymanatee.org


The following links give ONLINE access to full-text U.S. Government Documents from the Federal Depository Library. They are also available in hard copy at the Central Library of the Manatee County Public Library. In addition, many other federal documents are available in full-text online from the U.S. Government Printing Office Federal Digital System.


For other information on U.S. Government, try these websites: THOMAS and Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids.

Code of Federal Regulations [ CFR ] The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
Public and Private Laws [ Y ]   Public and private laws are also known as slip laws. A slip law is an official publication of the law and is competent evidence admissible in all state and Federal courts and tribunals of the United States. Public laws affect society as a whole, while private laws affect an individual, family, or small group.

Congressional Record [ X ] The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session

Congressional Hearings [ Y ] A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law.

Economic Indicators [ Y ] Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly publication is prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers for the Joint Economic Committee. It provides economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics.

United States Code [ AE ] The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Public Papers of the Presidents [ AE ] This collection, called the American Presidency Project, is curated online by the University of California, Santa Barbara.It includes correspondence, speeches, news conferences, executive orders, signing statements and more.
Statistical Abstract of the United States [at 2nd floor reference desk]
Budget of the United States Government [ PREX ] Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year.

The World Factbook  [at 2nd floor reference desk] The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities

Occupational Outlook Handbook [at 2nd floor reference desk]





The Florida Handbook online

1947-2012- available from the FSU Digital Library


2014 and on available from the Florida House of Representatives