Government Publications, Maps & Microforms

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)

The James E. Brooks Library's Government Publications, Maps, and Microforms (GovPubMM) department contain information resources in all formats (paper, microform, electronic, etc.) published by U.S. or Washington State government agencies.

The maps and microforms (microfiche, microfilm and microprint) collections include government publications as well as materials from other sources.

Assistance with locating and using these collections is available at the GovPubMM Public Service Desk located on the 3rd floor. Hours change throughout the week and quarter; telephone number: (509)-963-1541.

The following links lead to further information and lists of online resources for each collection:

Links to handouts (printable) in PDF format, created as guides to resources in our collections:

Quick links to government information sites:

  • FDsys - Federal Digital Systems, the official site for U.S. government agency publications
  • Access Washington - Official site for Washington State agencies
  • USA.gov - Search interface providing access to government web pages


Special Events:

  • Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015).  To find out the best options for you, go to:  http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/ .  You may even qualify for financial aid.
  • Did you know Washington State will be celebrating its 125th anniversary as a state in 2014?  November 11 is the big day!!  Read all about it.