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This LibGuide provides basic information about how to find and use government documents in the Bowling Green State University Libraries, as well as government documents on the Internet or in databases.

Access to Government Documents

As a Federal Depository Library, the Bowling Green State University Libraries provide free access for the general public to the U.S. government publications collection, including online resources. Federal depository resources are available and usable for all library customers regardless of library affiliation, disability, age, residency, or other customer status.  Any member of the general public may use depository resources in all formats at a Federal depository library free of charge and without impediments.

For more information or assistance identifying and accessing government documents, contact the Research and Information Desk on the first floor of Jerome Library. For contact information see the Ask Us! page.

Starting Points

BGSU Government Document Depository Information

BGSU Libraries collects United States, Ohio, Wood County, and Bowling Green government documents. See the descriptions of our collections below.


 Federal Depository Library Program  Federal Documents Collection

Bowling Green State University became a federal depository in 1933. We select 35% of the offered items. Our collection of online and tangible publications is rich in historical and current material. We hold the: 

  •  Census of Population reports from 1790 to present
  •  Foreign Relations of the United States
  •  U.S. Treaties and International Agreements
  •  U.S. Congressional Serial Set and many other important historical primary research sets

Ohio Government Documents Round Table logoOhio Documents Collection

The department became an Ohio depository in 1953 and receives all agency publications distributed through the state depository program. Our state collection numbers about 20,000. The collection includes agency publications such as reports, directories, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, newsletters, and journals; the Judicial Branch materials including administrative opinions and state Supreme Court opinions and decisions; and Ohio General Assembly materials including the Laws of Ohio, and the House and Senate Journals.


Bowlling Green OH logoBowling Green City and Wood County Documents

We began collecting selected material from the City of Bowling Green in the early 1980's. The collection includes City Council Minutes, Mayor's Reports, the Bowling Green City Code of Ordinances, and the Annual report of the Bowling Green Police Division. The collection also includes a small number of Wood County government documents. A more extensive collection of Bowling Green City and Wood County documents are housed at the Wood County District Public Library.