Online access to government documents routinely includes only recent years, because older materials aren't yet scanned & digitized.
For example, Statutes at Large, published since 1789, is only online 1951 to present (as of May 2017). It's an annual compilation of laws passed by congress that year, so using online misses all laws passed 1950 and earlier. For those we have to consult the paper volumes.
The intent is to provide access to information about U.S. government activity, and about anything the government funds or researches.
We provide free public access to U.S. government documents & information resources in print & online, including reference assistance & unfiltered searching of any U.S. government websites.
We lend our physical government documents directly to anybody with a
If you don't have one of those, we will happily lend them via InterLibrary Loan. Contact your home/school/work library to make the request. We are OCLC library "IDU."
Almost all documents are in "open stacks" so you can browse them. We are ADA accessible, & open to the general public until 10 p.m. most nights when school is in session. During summer and breaks we have shorter hours.
We have a "selective housing" agreement with the Putnam County Public Library & provide some high interest books for their collection so that things most useful for the general public are in the place that the general public is most likely to look for them.
Some text on this guide is copied verbatim or slightly revised from gpo.gov, fdlp.gov, and other official or pertinent sites.