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Federal Depository Library

 

Phoenix Public 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).

As a Federal Depository Library, we are committed to making government materials accessible in a variety of formats.  We select approximately 25% of federal documents to include in our collection.  This collection is available on the 2nd floor of Burton Barr Central LibraryHowever, the government has stopped printing many documents, offering them instead in electronic format. 

You may explore print documents available at Burton Barr Central Library through our online catalog.  Where available, our catalog also offers links to government documents available from a variety of government websites.

Library staff can help you find information about government programs and services, jobs, education, health, laws and tax information.  We can also help you locate specific government websites with applications and forms you may need.

We cannot help you fill out these applications and forms or determine which forms you need.

Also located on the 5th floor of the Burton Barr Central Library, you can find information on federal and Arizona statutes and regulations, as well as opinions from select courts.   The collection includes guides on different areas of law including employment, landlord and tenant, consumer, divorce and child custody, immigration, and wills and trusts.

​Interest Guides

Want to learn more about becoming a citizen, resources to help you start or grow a business, explore your ancestry and more?  These Interest Guides will help you get started.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Phoenix Public Library offers online resources to help you become a U.S. citizen - from understanding the process to practicing for the citizenship test and building your vocabulary for your interview. 

How do I enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace?

Learn more about your options for health coverage, who is eligible for insurance through the Marketplace, and how small businesses can provide insurance for their employees.

 

​Online Resources 

...available with your Library card.

Congressional Quarterly - CQ Electronic Library
Provides online indexing and full text access to the files of CQ Weekly and CQ Researcher. Useful, expert, and unbiased analysis for researching American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs for students, citizens and professionals.

Legal Information Reference Center 
Offers resources for a wide variety of legal categories as well as the ability to browse legal forms and statutes. Highlights popular sources in topical areas. 

​Valley Law Libraries

Arizona State Library - Law and Research Division

Arizona State University Ross-Blakley Law Library

Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library

Attorney Referrals and Directories

Maricopa Co. Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Thirty-minute consultation with attorney for $40 administrative fee.  (No fee for personal injury or worker's compensation.)  Referrals for most aspects of civil and criminal law.

State Bar of Arizona Find a Lawyer
Directory of attorneys licensed in Arizona; searchable by name, area of practice, and more.

Martindale-Hubbell
This searchable directory profiles more than one million lawyers and law firms in the U.S., Canada and 160 countries.

Downloadable Legal Forms

Maricopa County Superior Court Self-Service Center
Downloadable court forms and eCourt interactive interviews to assist you in completing forms.

Arizona Supreme Court Self-Service Center
Links to a variety of self-service centers and court forms for county superior courts and municipal courts in Arizona.

Government Forms​
Government Forms offers forms issued by federal agencies and provides "one-stop-shopping" for the most common forms you may need.

​Law-Related Web Sites

ALIS Online
A service of the Arizona Legislature - includes Arizona Revised Statutes, full text of bills, legislators' voting records, the Arizona Constitution and links to state agencies.

American Law Sources On-line
Easy-to-use gateway to laws, codes and regulations in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

AZ Law Help
A collaborative project of Arizona legal organizations, this site offers referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies and more.

FindLaw
Legal information portal, "lawcrawler" search engine and lawyer profiles.

Public Papers of the Presidents
Contains most of the United States Presidents' messages, papers and statements, 1789 to present.

congress.gov
The official source for federal legislative information, including legislation, current legislative activtiies, and current members of Congress.

The Code of the City of Phoenix, Arizona 
Charter and Code of Ordinances of the City of Phoenix, with regular updates.

United States Supreme Court
Official site of the U.S. Supreme Court.