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The New Jersey State Library is a federal depository library. Federal publications and other information products are made available for free public use in Federal depository libraries throughout the United States and its territories. In addition to the publications, trained librarians are available to assist in their use. For detailed information about the Federal Depository Library Program go to: www.gpo.gov/libraries.


The federal depository section of the State Library offers extensive research collections of social science materials, statistical reports and congressional documents. The collection is one of the oldest and largest in the state. The State Library is a primary participant in the State Data Center and serves as a contact point for census data inquiries. There is a limited collection of documents from other states with the emphasis on New York, Pennsylvania and California.

Major holdings are from the departments of Commerce, Education, Environmental Protection, Health and Human Services, Justice and Labor. There are also comprehensive collections of special commission and presidential reports.

Statistical reports printed by the Census Bureau are held back to 1790.  1990 and 2000 Census information is also available in electronic format on CD-ROM and the Internet. We also have special New Jersey maps for the 1970-2000 censuses. Most current Census data are primarily available via the Internet at: www.census.gov/. The library also subscribes to the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. and ProQuest Statistical Insight which provides indexing and selected full-text access back to 1970 for a variety of statistical reports from various agencies.

Congressional reports and documents are held from 1776-1889 and 1921 to the present. Current reports and documents are also available on the Federal Digital System (FDsys) at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys.  The library subscribes to ProQuest Congressional which includes an online index back to 1789.

ERIC (Education Resources and Information Center) documents are available on microfiche from 1967 to 1976 and from 1984 to 2003. We hold paper indexes from 1981-2001. Electronic search access is available through the State Library’s subscription to ERIC, including full-text of ED documents from 1996 to date. Public indexes are available at: www.eric.ed.gov.

The Library provides online access to the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL).  The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation’s premier collection of homeland security policy and strategy related documents.

Microforms comprise a substantial portion of the collection. Electronic formats are an increasing part of the collection, everything from statistics to laws and regulations and government reports are found in this format.   Publications in hard copy and electronic format are included in the online catalog.

Older materials and items not cataloged may be found through the original government indexes, through printed commercial indexes or through electronic databases. The State Library’s online indexes include HeinOnline, ProQuest Congressional, and ProQuest Statistical Insight.  The Government Printing Office’s free database, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, indexes federal documents from 1976 to the present.

U.S. Government publication digitization efforts can be located and viewed using  the Federal Depository Library Program’s Digitization Projects Registry

For more information about Government Printing Office resources, see www.gpo.gov.

For additional online resources, see U.S. Government Information Research Guides.


Reference services are available in person, by telephone and telefax, through the library network, by email and regular mail.

The library has acquired access to various electronic data sources via the Internet and other electronic sources.  Direct Internet access is available to the public on-site.  View detailed information on State Library databases.

Photocopying machines, microform reader-printers and CD-ROM/DVD readers are available.

Collection Policy

Most documents are available for circulation or photocopying. CD-ROM/DVD materials are reserved for onsite use except by special arrangement. Users may be referred to another depository for direct access to materials not held. State employees and Thomas Edison students may request documents not held by the State Library via interlibrary loan.


New Jersey State Library
185 West State St.
(mailing address: PO Box 520)
Trenton, NJ 08625

Level 4 – U.S. Documents Reference
Level 4 and Level 1 – U.S. Documents
Level 3 – Legal materials are located in the Law Library.

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Telephone: 609-278-2640 x166 (or 609-278-2640 ext. 103, General Reference)
Fax: 609-278-2646
E-Mail: US Documents

Librarian: Teri Taylor, US Documents Librarian
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