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Government Information: Home

A short tutorial on finding state and federal information.








Finding Government Information

Click on the following links to learn more about each subject:

Documents in the Library

On the Web

How to Contact Your Elected Officials (opens another guide)

Tax Information (opens another guide)

Federal Government

Arkansas Government

Consumer Information (opens another guide)

Additional Resources

Government Documents Staff

Dominique Hallett
Government Documents Librarian
(870) 972-2962
Room 227
Bill (William) Sabin, Jr.
Library Support Assistant
(870) 972-2118
Room 219


The Astate Library was designated a federal depository library in 1913, and it is believed that Representative Thaddeus H. Caraway, Congressman from Jonesboro, was responsible for securing depository library status for Astate. The Dean B. Ellis Library is one of 1,270 federal depository libraries throughout the United States and territories that provide free access to the information resources of the federal government, and one of 13 federal depository libraries in the state of Arkansas. The Library's collection contains more than 100,000 U.S. government publications, in print, microform, and electronic formats.

FDLP News & Events

As part of our improvements to the new askGPO site, GPO will soon be launching a new Federal Depository Library Directory.

We plan to include an exterior photograph of each depository, wherever possible, so that customers can more easily find your library building.

There are many depositories for which we do not currently have a photograph. If you can, please send a photograph (.jpg or .png format) of your library’s exterior to to help us improve our Directory. Be sure to include your library name and Federal Depository Library number with your submission.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to improve access to Federal Government information.

Read more ...


Agency of the Month


Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation (DOT) was created in 1966 and became operational in April 1967, bringing together elements of eight other major departments and agencies.

The agency employs around 55,000 people in its various operating administrations and bureaus.  You can see a listing of each agency's social media accounts.

The National Transportation Library provides access to transportation information.


Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

Check out pictures from the early days of aviation on the FAA History gallery.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has a quarterly magazine, Public Roads (and it is 100 years old!).

Need some transportation statistics? There's a bureau for that...

July 2, 1964: Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 20, 1969: Apollo 11 astronauts walked on the moon

July 26, 1990: Americans with Disabilities Act

Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

July 1, National U.S. Postage Stamp Day. In 1847, the post office issued its first stamps.

July 4, Independence Day

Third Sunday of July: National Ice Cream Day



Reference Resource of the Month


How Our Laws Are Made

It is far more complex than what we were taught in grade school! This publication covers the various forms of Congressional action, committees and how they meet and do markup, special considerations and rules, and Congressional calendars. 

Bonus: Watch a series of videos from on the legislative process.

Reference Resource #2: check out the National Transit Database


Image of the Month

picture of connected vehicles at an intersection

Image source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office