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Many of the books listed on Senate.gov can be found at your local public library or a government depository library or can be purchased from a bookstore.


If you want to borrow the book from a library, the best place to start is with your public library. You can find your public library by looking it up in the phone book; libraries are often listed in the local government section of the blue pages or they may be listed in the yellow pages under "libraries." Or you can look at a list of libraries that have Web sites or a list of state libraries. If your library does not have the book you want, you may ask them if they can borrow it from another library (sometimes a fee is charged for this service).

Another resource is the federal depository library system, which is made up of over 1,300 libraries that collect government documents and make them available to the public for borrowing or reading. If the publication you are looking for is published by a government agency or by Congress, you should contact a depository library. A list of depository libraries is available on GPO's Web site. Most depository libraries are within a university or state library, so sometimes borrowing privileges are restricted.


Federal government publications can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). You can order government publications through GPO’s online bookstore.


For information on the Senate, Congress, the legislative process and the federal government, the Virtual Reference Desk is a good place to begin.

Follow this guide on how to contact your Senators by phone, postal mail, or on the Web.

Historical information provided by the Senate Historical Office.

Compilations of Law links to the full text of several popular acts of law as they have been amended over the years.