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Federal Government Documents on HathiTrust

HathiTrust has a wealth of scanned U.S. federal government documents available. Government documents are generally not subject to copyright law, so they have been a focus of the scanning efforts by the various contributing organizations. 

Federal Documents in HathiTrust as of September 1, 2018:

  • 516,711 bibliographic records
  • 1,276,944 digital objects
  • 484,918 monographs
  • 31,360 serial titles

HathiTrust is also creating a comprehensive U.S. Government Documents Registry. When finished, this registry will have bibliographic information about every government document published, whether or not it's present in HathiTrust. 

Government Documents Search Tips for HathiTrust

  • Be aware that government documents are not consistently cataloged in HathiTrust. There may be multiple records for the same item with scans of different quality. 
  • The same item may be cataloged differently on different records. For example, Administration of the Federal Coal-Mine Safety Act, 1952-61, from the Bureau of Mines, is on both its own individual record and as no.8133 on the series record for the Bureau of Mines Information Circulars
  • Though almost all U.S. federal government documents are fully viewable by anyone, HathiTrust still requires a login to download documents.

Government Documents at NMSU: A List of Guides

NMSU Library holds many Government Documents published by federal and state agencies pertaining to New Mexico. The library guides below will help you understand the collection, located on the first floor of the Branson Library.

Questions about Government Documents on Hathitrust?

Do you have questions about Government Documents on Hathitrust or those in NMSU's own collection that weren't answered in the library guide links above? Visit NMSU's Government Documents Department on the 1st floor of Branson Library for more information. Gov Docs reference desk hours are always current on the Library's main webpage through the "About Us" dropdown menu, and choosing "Hours & Locations".

Government Documents: (575) 646-5791