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Resources for Government Information

Ask a Librarian Email, chat, or telephone the Library Commission reference desk. Links to Nebraska FAQs; State Government Publications Online; Subject Guide to Nebraska State Government Information; Federal, State, County, and Local Government links; and the Library Commission Online Catalog.
Online State Documents Links to State Government Publications Online, NLC Online Catalog, lists of new online documents, and pages outlining how our electronic state documents program works.
FedStats Gateway to statistics posted by over 100 federal agencies.
Google Government Search Searches federal and state government web sites.
Government/Elections/Law Links from NebraskAccess to sites for Census, Copyright, Elections and Politics, Elected Officials, Embassies, Local, County, State, Federal, International, Law, Patents, etc.
FDsys:GPO's Federal Digital System Formerly called GPO Access, this site from the Government Printing Office offers free access to Congressional hearings, reports, bills, public and private laws, the U.S. Code, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and much more. Advanced searching or browsing by collection, Congressional committee and date.
Statistics about Nebraska Counties and Towns Nebraska Databook, Property tax statistics, Income and poverty statistics, etc.
Nebraska Frequently Asked Questions Answers to Nebraska-related questions like age of majority, birth certificates, business startup, consumer complaints, contractor's licenses, drivers licenses, elected officials, elections, genealogy, governors, landlord-tenant, legal forms, lemon laws, marriage licenses, mechanics liens, professional licenses, school report information, sex offender registry, state laws, regulations and legislative bills, state capitol, state senators, state symbols, tax forms, unclaimed property, etc.
Nebraska Legislators, Past and Present Brief information about persons serving in the Nebraska legislature.
State of Nebraska Official Website Services topically arranged for citizens, businesses, visitors, links to agency web sites, subscriber portal for fee-based services, etc.
Subject Guide to Nebraska State Government State agencies grouped by topics and services.
What's Up Doc An electronic blog and publication listing new state and federal documents received, postings about documents in the news and highlights of Clearinghouse activities.

Depository Libraries

Federal and state publications are often not listed or indexed in standard reference sources or the WorldCat. Many current publications are available on the Internet. Depository libraries are a valuable resource and are obligated by law to provide public access to both Internet resources and publications in their collections. The Federal Depository Library Program provides publications to libraries across the country. The Library Commission's Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse Service is a selective federal depository. The Clearinghouse collects Nebraska state agency publications, provides online access to key publications, and supports state documents depository libraries across Nebraska. We provide interlibrary loan and direct loan to citizens from our state and federal documents collections.

Getting Government Publications for your Collection

For Federal publications: GPO Bookstore

For Nebraska Publications:

  • For publications of Nebraska State Agencies download from  Nebraska State Publications Online or contact agencies directly.
  • For Nebraska Statutes, Session Laws, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals reports, contact the Nebraska State Library, P.O. Box 98931 State Capitol Bldg. Room 325, Lincoln, NE 68509-8931. nsc.lawlibrary@nebraska.gov
  • For Legislative publications (Bills, Blue Book, etc.) contact the Clerk of the Legislature

For more information, contact Mary Sauers.