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This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)
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Federal Depository Collection


Marshall Brooks Library is a federal depository of government information. There are approximately 1,200 Federal depository libraries throughout the United States and its territories, at least one in almost every Congressional District. The Marshall Brooks Library at Principia College serves the 13th Congressional District of Illinois.

We provide free public access to a wide variety of federal government information resources in both print and electronic formats, and have expert staff available to assist users. We were designated a depository in 1957 and we currently select less than 7% of the documents published by the Government Printing Office each year.

Please feel free to visit or contact us with questions about government documents. The paper documents, maps and CD-ROM are housed on the 3rd floor.  

The Library Home Page, available on all public terminals, links to several key resources on the Internet and also provides access to the GPO Monthly catalog - a database of government publications. Our staff can help you master these resources and locate the documents you need.


    International Government Information

    • Foreign Governments List
    • CIA World Factbook
      Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of world entities.
    • Country Studies
      Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world from the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.

    Federal Government Repository Resources


    If you have questions about the government documents collection please contact the Government Documents Librarian, Chelsea Van Riper.
    (618) 374-5068


    • PrinCat Catalog
      Use PrinCat to locate the federal documents in our print and electronic collections.
    • GPO Catalog
      Catalog of Government Printing Office publications from OCLC's FirstSearch.
      The U.S. government's official web portal to federal and state government information.
    • Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
      A core group of current and historical United States Government publications available from the Government Printing Office.

    Legislative Research


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