Government Information Center - 5th Floor

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The Government Information Center (GIC) provides free access to United States, California, San Francisco, and Bay Area regional agency government documents, and to materials on public policy, political science, public administration, and the law. It houses the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, which provides literature and information about the natural world and the environment.

Collections and Services Available

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San Francisco Government

The Government Information Center (GIC) is a depository for San Francisco City and County documents as defined in  the San Francisco Administrative Code § 8.16.

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California State Government

The department is a full depository for California State documents distributed through the Library Distribution Act. (California Gov. Code 14900).

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United States Government

San Francisco Public Library was designated a federal depository library in 1889. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is part of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) under Title 44 of the United States Code. Depository libraries provide free, local access to publications of public interest and educational value from all branches of the Federal government.

Upcoming Events

Freedom of Information Act 101
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Learning Studio
Long Term Care: Myths and Facts
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 3:00 pm
Main Library, Learning Studio

Upcoming Classes

Personal Digital Archiving/Introduction
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:30 pm
Main Library, DIGI Center
Basics of Digital Photo Organizing
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:30 pm
Main Library, DIGI Center
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