Federal Document Depository

The New Hampshire State Library is a selective Federal Depository Library.

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The New Hampshire State Library receives government information at no cost from the Government Publishing Office (GPO) as part of this program. The library provides local, no-fee access to government information in all formats as part of the reference and information services provided to the public.

Useful Federal Government Links

  • Govinfo.gov – Free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government
  • Congress.gov – for federal legislative information.
  • USA.gov – U.S. government's official web portal.

Hours & Access

The New Hampshire State Library hours are Monday-Friday, from 8:00-4:30.

Handicapped access is available at the side entrance. If you need assistance, please call 603-271-2616.

Finding Documents

Use our online catalog to find Federal documents in our collection, including electronic documents that you can click through to directly from the catalog.

The "Advanced Search" screen of the catalog includes a "Collection" tab where you can limit your search to a specific collection. Check the box next to "Electronic Documents-FDLP" to limit your search to only electronic federal documents. 


Reference Librarians are available to assist with government documents searching. They can help with locating specific documents, specialized indexes, and electronic access to government materials on the Internet. The reference desk can be reached at 603-271-2144 or reference@dncr.nh.gov.


Many of the materials received through the FDLP may be borrowed from the collection although some materials are designated for reference use only.


Photocopy machines and microfilm printers are available on a self serve basis. Photocopy charges are $0.10 per page for print material and $0.25 per page for microfilm copies.

Please send any comments, suggestions or recommendations to the FDLP Library Staff at the State Library.