Federal Government Documents Collection

Collection Location and Description

The Goverment Documents Collection is located on the main floor of Walker Memorial Library on the Howard Payne University campus. Established as a U.S. federal depository in 1964, the library currently selects 42% of the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) item numbers available. The Library collects, organizes, and provides free access to publictions of the U.S. federal government to support the education and service goals of HPU. The collection contains print documents, microfiche, CD Roms maps, and more than 75,000 online documents. Walker Memorial Library is a U.S. government depository only. We do not receive state level or international government documents.

Circulation Policies

The paper documents have the same 3-week check out period as the general book collection, unless otherwise marked. CD Roms, microfiche, and maps may not be checked out. The public may come in and use the print collection and the online collection free of charge any time the Walker Memorial Library is open. In order for the public to check out any print government documents, they must have a valid HPU library card.


Juanita Sypert
Government Documents Coordinator

Recommended Federal Government Sites

FDLP LIBGUIDES –  Includes GPO-created guides and community created guides. Continually updated.


World Fact Book – provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world regions
U.S. Census Bureau – a source for current population data and the latest economic indicators
North American Industry classification System (NAICS) – the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.


GovInfo– free access to nearly 50 different collections of government information ranging from public and private laws to U.S. court opinions and the federal budget.
Congress.gov – current and past legislation information.
The United States Government Manual – the official handbook of the Federal Government, providing comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, such as international organizations in which the U.S. participates, as well as boards, commissions, and committees.
The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents – the compilation of presidential documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House press secretary
Metalib – a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations, providing direct links to selected resources online



Federal Election Commission – created to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), the statute that governs the financing fo federal elections
Electoral College – explains what the electoral college is and how it works
Social Security Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
Internal Revenue Service – responsible – for tax collection and tax law enforcement; contains downloadable forms and instructions

State and Local Agencies

State Government — Texas
Local County Government — Brown County
Local City Government — Brownwood, Early


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