Government Documents

Finding Books | IndexesLocating Government Publications On the Web

Bradley Federal Depository profile:
Depository Library Number: 0159A.  Federal Depository Type: Selective depository library. Type of Designation: Representative. Congressional District: Illinois 17th.

In 2016, the library became a digital only depository library for US government documents.  Please use or your favorite search tool to find federal government publications online.

Bradley Library is also one of the Illinois Depository Libraries.

Contact Information:
Margaret Scott,, (309) 677-3465.  Xiaotian Chen,, (309) 677-2839

Locating Government Publications On the Web

Many government publications (also sometimes called government documents, or just documents) are being made available online. Use your favorite search engine, or search, and HathiTrust Digital Library


The following catalogs and indexes can also be helpful for finding government publications.

  • Catalog of US Government Publications 1976 to present. Formerly The Monthly Catalog. For years before 1976, please see The Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789-1976 below.
  • Although there is an annual periodicals volume included in The Monthly Catalog, there's no article level indexing of government periodicals produced by the Government Printing Office. Many government periodicals are indexed in general periodical indexes, such as Academic Search Complete.
  • The Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789-1976 (Ref. Z 1223 .Z7 L47, v.1-16) is an alphabetical listing, by title, of publications in the Public Documents Library of the Government Printing Office. It's a useful finding aid for older documents.
  • WorldCat is an online union catalog of holdings in many U.S. and Canadian libraries. While not specifically an index to government publications, WorldCat can function as a useful adjunct to the indexes described above.