Beginning Monday, May 13, 2024, all three floors of the library’s westside, including access to the Main, Music and Federal Government Documents collections, will be closed the entire summer 2024. The library’s westside will undergo a significant HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system maintenance project to enhance the overall infrastructure of the library.

During this closure, all physical materials, including the Federal Government Documents Collection, MUST BE requested online for retrieval and pick up. Visit the FAQ at for directions on requesting materials from the closed section. Hold requests are available for pick up Monday through Friday. If you require physical access to a Federal Depository you may visit one of the following depositories locally:

Dallas Baptist University (0594A)
Dallas Public Library System (0594)
Southern Methodist University (0600)
University of North Texas (0608A)
University of Texas at Arlington (0607B)
University of Texas, Dallas (0594B)

If you require Government Document research assistance you may contact our Federal Depository Coordinator, Beth Callahan, at 817/257-7669 or The library’s eastside will remain open for our regular hours of operation throughout the project and services and resources are still available. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Important .gov Sites

There's a world of Government information on the internet and it can be hard to find exactly what you need. Here you'll find some of the more vital Government sites divided up by category.


  • White House

    Provides official news and information regarding the President, the economy, national security, the budget, immigration and much more.
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  • Congress

    Provides access to both House and Senate legislation as well as Committee Reports, the Congressional Record, House and Senate Floor activities, schedules and more.
  • House of Representatives

    Provides a list of all Representatives across the country, committee schedules, floor proceedings, recent votes, bills & reports and much more.

  • Senate

    Provides a list of all the Senators across the country, floor proceedings, scheduled Hearings, roll call votes, research tools and much more.
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General Services


    The home of the U.S. Government’s open data. Here you will find data, tools and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations and more.

    An online guide to government information and services including education, housing, military and veterans, health, laws and legal issues and much more.
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  • United States Census Bureau

    The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the Nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. This site allows you to fully explore that data.
  • Explore Census Data

    The new platform, as of July 2019, to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. The vision for data dissemination through is to improve the customer experience by making data available from one centralized place so that data users spend less time searching for data content and more time using it.

  • U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts

    QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.
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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are accurate, objective, relevant, timely, and accessible.
  • Census Business Builder

    The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provides selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau. The CBB is designed to be easy to use and simple to access.
  • Country Commercial Guides

    Provides market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs for over 125 countries. The information is prepared by trade and industry experts at U.S. embassies worldwide.

  • Economic Census

    The Economic Census provides detailed information on employer businesses, including detailed data by industry, geography and more.


    Developed by international trade experts and economists, provides trusted market intelligence, practical advice and business tools to help U.S. companies expand in global markets.

  • Industry Statistics Portal

    This application provides access to the Census Bureau programs that provide economic data for a user-selected industry.

    Industry Statistics Portal

    This application provides access to the Census Bureau programs that provide economic data for a user-selected industry.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. This site provides links and information to help the American public plan, launch, manage and grow their business.
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. This site provides rules, regulations, forms and much more.
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Criminal Justice

  • Department of Justice

    The Department's mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

    The mission of BJS is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    Today's FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities that is staffed by a dedicated cadre of more than 30,000 agents, analysts, and other professionals who work arounsd the clock and across the globe to protect the U.S. from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and major criminal threats, and to provide its many partners with services, support, training, and leadership.
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

    The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers.
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  • Department of Defense

    The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security.
  • U.S. Army

    The Army of 2028 will be ready to deploy, fight, and win decisively against any adversary, anytime and anywhere, in a joint, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict, while simultaneously deterring others and maintaining its ability to conduct irregular warfare. The Army will do this through the employment of modern manned and unmanned ground combat vehicles, aircraft, sustainment systems, and weapons, coupled with robust combined arms formations and tactics based on a modem warfighting doctrine and centered on exceptional Leaders and Soldiers of unmatched lethality.
  • Navy

    The Navy's mission is to recruit, train, equip, and organize to deliver combat ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.
  • U.S. Air Force

    The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.
  • Marines

    Marines are trained to improvise, adapt and overcome any obstacle in whatever situation they are needed. They have the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat the enemy until victory is seized. The kinds of battles active-duty Marines fight range from traditional warfare to humanitarian and disaster relief missions (HADR). The fighting spirit that helps them win these battles extends beyond the scope of their military service, and many Marines continue to serve in the communities where they live.
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Health & Human Services

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. This site provides information on diseases and conditions, healthy living, travelers' health, emergency preparedness and much more.
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This site provides information on Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance, research, statistics and data, as well as important resources, forms and links.
  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration

    The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products and medical devices. The agency also ensures the safety of our nation's food supply and cosmetics. This site informs the public of recalls, market withdrawals, safety alerts, product regulations and much more.
  • Health Resources & Services Administration

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care for people who are geographically isolated or economically or medically vulnerable. This site provides links to a variety of health programs, funding opportunities, training, data and much more.
  • National Institutes of Health

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. This site provides health information, news and events, research and training, opportunities for grants and funding and much more.
Beth Callahan
Beth Callahan
Senior Library Specialist
Phone: 817.257.7669
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