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Government Information Center - 5th Floor


100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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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.

Collections and Services Available

Here are some ways that you can access federal documents online:

  • If you are a San Francisco Public Library card holder, you have full access to our online Articles and Databases web page, which includes full text access to Proquest Congressional. Proquest Congressional includes legislative histories, bills, congressional member profiles, and Serial Set access. Most congressional publications date back to 1790. You must enter the portal through our Articles and Databases web page and enter your SFPL library card number and password. 
  • Many of our federal titles have links to the digital version. Please check our library catalog
  • Other federal titles may be found on Hathi Trust. Not all titles have full-text access. 
  • The U.S. Government Publications Catalog may have digital links to the documents you are seeking.   

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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 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.