Skip to main content
UMW Libraries
Simpson Library | Special Collections

Government Resources: Home

Federal and state sources for information

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Announcement

As of Monday March 23, 2020, we will be restricting access to Simpson Library staff only.  Many documents are available online from our Government Information Libguide and our catalog.  Quick links to online resources are available by  and U.S. Agencies - A-Z.

UMW Libraries Online Library Resources for Faculty and Students is another point of service for virtual use.  Remote research assistance is available.  You can call the Reference Desk at 540-654-1148, email us at, text us your questions at 540-657-3337, or use our chat function to talk to a librarian from your computer. 


COVID-19 Guidance for Federal Depository Libraries including Additional COVID-19 Guidance (updated 3/13/2020)

FDLP has compiled some reliable Government Information on the Coronavirus.

H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020
What to Do if You are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What You Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
FDLP LibGuide: Coronavirus - Hot Topics
CDC Protects and Prepares Communities

Critical Releases form the Homeland Security Digital Library (March 2020)

More information on COVID-19 is listed below under Hot Topics.

Hot Topics

Loading ...

Coronavirus: University of Mary Washington has provided up to date information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Virginia Department of Health.  U.S. Department of Homeland Security has information on Pandemic including Human Coronavirus and flu.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia: The Official site of the Commonwealth of Virginia includes messages from Governor Ralph S. Northam

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Virginia Department of Emergency Management

COVID-19 Guidance for Federal Depository Libraries including Additional COVID-19 Guidance (updated 3/13/2020)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (World Health Organization)

Census 2020 Resources (FDLP Federal Depository Library Program), U.S. Government Publishing Office.

Congressional Documents: Impeachment (Bowdoin College Library): Compiled a comprehensive libguide on Impeachment of an U.S.President from Andrew Johnson to Donald Trump.

Weekly Roundup - U.S. Government Information (UC San Diego Library) compiles weekly updates of important, news-worthy, or interesting materials published by the Federal government.

Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, The U.S. Government Official Edition.  Also known as the (Mueller Report).

Virginia Department of Elections is a comprehensive site to retrieve Voters Information, Virginia Elections, Results and Statistics.  

Did You Know? Some Interesting Facts About Digital Media (U.S. Library of Congress, Digital Preservation)

UMW Catalog Search

UMW Libraries

Advanced Search | Browse Search | Reserves Search


Government information is available on almost every topic. The University of Mary Washington is a depository for both federal and Virginia government documents. Besides paper, documents are available in a variety of formats -- online, CD-ROMS, microfiche, videos, maps, and discs. Most documents owned by the UMW Libraries can be located using the UMW Libraries' Catalog. Information about UMW depository selection and maintenance is available in the Government Documents Collection Development Policy Federal Depository #0633.

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the UMW Libraries are expected to provide free and current access to the FDLP electronic collection and the GPO Access databases. See our Public Access Policy for Government Information. Government resources links provide access to government information by branch of government, agency, and subject. Please ask at the Simpson Library Information Desk if you need assistance or use one of the Search Tools to locate materials.

A Federal Depository Library

“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)”

Government Documents

Federal Depository Library

Summer Durrant
Collection Services Librarian
Government Documents Coordinator

Phyllis Johnson
Government Documents Assistant