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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).

What are government documents?

Any book, pamphlet, meeting minutes, or other information published by a federal, state, or local government agency is a government document. A few examples are:
  • Census information
  • The US & SC Code of Laws
  • The 9/11 Commission Report
  • The Public Papers of the Presidents
  • The Hurricane Katrina Reports
  • NASA research
  • The No Child Left Behind Act
  • Reports from the Surgeon General

What documents are available at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries?

  • Extensive number of South Carolina state government documents
  • Approximately 23% of the federal documents currently being published
  • Some historic documents, such as US Census records going back to 1790 and the Personal Papers of the Presidents going back to Herbert Hoover‘s presidency
  • We also maintain a Government Websites page and links through our online catalog for electronic access to thousands more documents.

Where are the government documents located?

Can government documents be checked out?

Yes. Most of our documents may be checked out for the normal 28 day period. A select few documents of high importance may not be checked out, although photocopiers are available for making copies of these items.

Can I access government documents online?

Yes. Most, though not all, current government publications are available online and can be accessed through:

Who can I contact for more information?

When using the Libraries' Catalog try searching titles that begin with "a, an, or the" by dropping the "a, an, or the." For example: "The Great Gatsby" could be searched by using only "Great Gatsby."