Federal Government

The Grand Rapids Public Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1876. We have a large collection of current and historical government documents in paper, microfiche, and online. For help with locating government material, visit our reference desk or call the Main Library. You can find out more about federal government agencies and services at USA.gov or by calling 1-800-FED INFO.

Información oficial en español: GobiernoUSA.gov

New and Noteworthy Government Information

This is the official consumer site, and a good place to begin. This site is also in Spanish. Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

Disability Resources
Everything from benefits to employment to transportation and a lot more.

Business USA
BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help.

Federal Websites For and About American Indians

Know what to do about the flu.

Finding Aids and Search Engines

The newest and most comprehensive way to search for government documents.

The official U.S. gateway to all government information

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Search for government documents from 1976 to the present. Many links to online documents provided.

Census and Demographics

American Factfinder
Gateway to census information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Data from 1990 and 2000 fully available at this site, plus some historical data. Census information also available in print at the Main Library in reference and in government documents storage C3.223

Community Research Institute
Gathers and digests census data on the Grand Rapids area and its neighborhoods.

Map Gallery
Useful maps of Michigan’s legislative districts, school districts, census tracts, and more.

The Right Place
Provides regional economic and employment data.

Copyright, Patent, and Trademark

United States Copyright Office
Go here for copyright forms and to search copyright registrations (since 1978).

Google Patent Search
A quick and easy way to search over seven million patents.

CPI and Economic Data

Consumer Price Index
CPI information from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Congress and Lawmaking

Congressional Representatives:

Congressional Directory
The official handbook of the US Congress including biographical sketches of legislators, committee assignments, congressional boards and commissions. Earlier editions available back to 1885 (48th Congress) in government documents storage Y4.P93/1

Congressional Record
1995 through current year available online.

Federal Register
The official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents. Issues back to 1995 available online.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Butterworth #2 Landfill Superfund Site
The Grand Rapids Public Library is an EPA Depository for documents related to this superfund site. The paper documents have been indexed and reside in the Local History Department, and they are also available on CD at the Main Library and West Side branch.

EPA Region 5
Environmental information for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Government Benefits and Forms

Your benefits connection. Online questionnaire will help you determine your eligibility for government benefits.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A directory of federal assistance programs and contact information. Also available in our reference collection at call number R 338.973 C28

Presidential Information

Budget of the United States Government
Issued by the Office of Management and Budget

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Statements, messages, and other presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. Online since 1993.


Statistics from over 100 federal agencies. Browse by agency, topic, location, or search for statistics across agencies. Includes data tools that allow you to create tables and download/export statistics.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Statistics available on crimes, victims, criminal offenders, firearms, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, sentencing, and corrections.