Government Information


Government information services are provided by the Documents Section, Research and Instructional Services Department, Davis Library. Materials from these levels of government are included: state, federal, foreign, and international governmental organizations.

The Government Documents Collection includes over three million items in print, microforms, data sets, maps, posters, CD’s, DVD’s and online.

Depository Collections:

  • U.S. federal information:
    • Collection goes back to 1789;
    • A depository since 1884;
    • Federal Regional Depository Library since 1962.
  • United Nations publications: since 1946.


The Government Documents Collection is open to the public and is available during the service hours of the Research and Instructional Services department.

The Government Documents Collection is housed in the Lower Level of Davis Library. To gain access, please ask at the Reference Desk on the first floor. Librarians are available to retrieve documents for you, or you may visit and browse the collection yourself.

Many of the documents in the collection are available for check out following the library’s normal loan policies. Items that are fragile, not widely available, and/or marked with an orange sticker on the spine may be library-use only.  If you wish to check out an item, please ask the Government Documents staff as we hope to accommodate your research needs.


Documents Section, Research and Instructional Services Department
Davis Library, CB# 3912
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890


Davis Library
CB# 3922
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890
(919) 962-1151

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