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As a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program, the Jack Tarver Library has been collecting, organizing, and providing free public access to United States Government publications since 1964. The library also collects selected Georgia state publications. The purpose of the collection is to support Mercer University's mission and curricular needs as well as the informational needs of the general public in the 8th Congressional District of Georgia.

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Location: Main Floor of the Jack Tarver Library
Phone: (478) 301-2934
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The collection includes books, microfiche, and electronic documents. Publications received after 1991 can be accessed through the library catalog.

 Peace Corps

Feature of the Month: The Peace Corps

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps, an organization sending young American volunteers to developing countries to assist with health care, education and other basic human needs. After more than fifty years, the Peace Corps' 220,000 current and returning volunteers continue to make a difference in over 140 countries, taking on challenges like gender equality, food security, and pandemic disease. You can learn about the organization and how to get involved through our range of electronic and print resources. Gov docs print resources are located next to the reference materials on the main floor; Peace Corps resources are shelved under the SuDoc heading PE.

 Highlighted Web Resources

GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys): FDsys logo

Provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.


The Federal Trade Commission's website

National Parks Service:

The National Parks Service's website. Read about the history of National Parks, explore nature,and get involved with your local community.

SSA Retirement Estimator:

An online calculator provided by the Social Security Administration that helps you estimate your personalized retirement benefits.

Legislative information provided by the Library of Congress (replaces THOMAS).

The official web portal for the U.S. Government. Learn about grants and loans, travel and immigration, housing, jobs and unemployment, and more.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government:

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.

White House:

The official website of the White House.



About SuDoc

Government documents are shelved by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system, based on the issuing government agency. 

You can consult the current lettering for SuDoc class stems hereor ask a library staff member for assistance. 


 giologo.jpgGovernment Information Online (GIO): Ask a Librarian. Get answers to all of your questions about the work of Federal agencies.

 Federal information

Federal Government Information

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.

This page includes links to information from the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of the Federal government, including acts of Congress, Supreme Court decisions, and information from the annual budget of the United States Government. 





Public Papers of the President:

Presidential sealOfficial series of Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature. Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. Nb the papers of President F. D. Roosevelt were published privately before the commencement of the official Public Papers series, and are not included.

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents:

Presidential sealThe Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary.


Budget of the United States Government:

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included, which may vary from year to year.

Economic Report of the President:

The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. It is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government. It includes trends and numerical goals on topics such as employment, production, real income, and Federal budget outlays. It also includes employment objectives for significant groups of the labor force.

Economic Indicators:

A monthly publication that provides economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics.


Code of Federal Regulations:

A codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation.


United States Reports: Cases adjudged in the Supreme Court:

These contain the fourth and final generation of the Court’s opinions. Bound volumes 351-557 (1955-2009) are on the shelves (Govt docs, 2nd floor, JU 6.8). Digital volumes are added after they become available in print format.


United States Statutes at Large:

The United States Statutes at Large, typically referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. Every public and private law passed by Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date it was enacted into law. The laws are arranged by Public Law number and are cited by volume and page number.

Congressional Record (daily):

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.

Congressional Directory:

The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress. It includes short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district; committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers for Members of Congress; officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries.


United States Code:

A codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 53 titles.

Federal Register:

Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.


Treaties in Force:

Provides information on treaties and other international agreements to which the United States has become a party as of January 1st in its most recent publication year.


State/Local information

State/Local Government Information

 This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code. See Copyright.

This page includes links to information from the Georgia State Government, as well as local government information for the Macon area.


State of Georgia

The official website for the state of Georgia – provides online access to the state government.

Georgia Code:

The official code of Georgia, annotated.

Georgia General Assembly:

The official website of the Georgia General Assembly. Includes live broadcasts from the Georgia House of Representatives and the State Senate. Also includes legislation information, and information from the joint offices.

Supreme Court of Georgia:

The official website of the State Supreme Court. Provides court calendars, statistics, opinions, and other pertinent information.

Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia:

The official website of the Judicial Council of Georgia. Provides information regarding Georgia courts including court rules, forms, and where to find your local court.

Georgia Official and Statistical Register (“Georgia’s Blue Book”):

Published from 1923-1990 by the Georgia Archives. Covers Georgia’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, providing biographical sketches of elected and other state officials. Also contains election returns, basic reference data on Georgia counties, and Georgia miscellany, such as the state flag, state flower, state song, rosters of Georgia governors, and legal holidays.

Georgia Government Publications:

Database containing digital publications and scanned print documents produced by Georgia state agencies from 1994-present.


Macon area


Online access to local administrative, legislative, and judicial government. Includes directories of public departments, infrastructure, operations, and emergency services. Users can pay tickets online, and access the Macon-Bibb County Code of Ordinances, information about local courts, and property information and local maps.

Macon-Bibb County Commission:

Includes the schedule, agenda, and minutes of Board meetings, a list of committees, the strategic plan of the Board, and a pictorial directory of Commissioners with contact info.

Macon-Bibb Government Salaries:

Government salaries for 2018, provided by the Telegraph.


Statistical information

Statistical Information

This page includes links to statistical information for the United States and the state of Georgia, as well as historical statistics

Free for commercial use / No attribution required


United States statistics

Statistical Abstract of the United States:

The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It is now published by ProQuest rather than by the United States Government Printing Office. Tarver Library also has a print copy on the reference shelves (HA202.P76).

American FactFinder:

Information from the Decennial Census, the Economic Census, and the American Community Survey. Searchable by zip code.

American Housing Survey (AHS):

The AHS provides current information on a wide range of housing subjects, including size and composition of the nation's housing inventory, vacancies, fuel usage, physical condition of housing units, characteristics of occupants, equipment breakdowns, home improvements, mortgages and other housing costs, persons eligible for and beneficiaries of assisted housing, home values, and characteristics of recent movers. As of 2013, topical supplements include public transportation, emergency and disaster preparedness, community involvement, and neighborhood characteristics.

U.S. Census Bureau:

Official website for the U.S. Census. A portal to various Census resources, including the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and downloadable map files.


Statistical websites of government agencies. Can be browsed alphabetically or by subject. Agency websites often have statistics on subjects not covered by the Census, or statistics that are more in depth.

Bureau of Justice Statistics:

Comprehensive statistical information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Comprehensive statistical information on labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS):

The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Subjects include crops and plants, economics and prices, livestock and animals, and research, science, and technology.

National Center for Education Statistics (NECS):

The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. Provides complete statistics on the condition of American education, and reports on international education activities.

National Center for Health Statistics:

Comprehensive statistical information about America’s health, provided by the CDC. Topics include diseases and conditions, injuries, life stages and populations, and health care and insurance.

The World Factbook:

A CIA publication that provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.


Georgia Statistics

American FactFinder:

Information from the Decennial Census, the Economic Census, and the American Community Survey. Searchable by zip code.

Georgia Statistics System (UGA):

A collection of Georgia statistics from various sources, including the Georgia County Guide.

State Data Center Program:

Georgia population data by county.


Historical statistics

ALFRED (ArchivaL Federal Reserve Economic Data):

Vintage versions of economic data that were available on specific dates in history. In general, economic data for past observation periods are revised as more accurate estimates become available.

Election Statistics:

Official vote counts for federal elections from 1920 onwards, published by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia):

State and county statistics for the years 1790 through 1960. Data are taken from the Decennial Census.

Historical Vital Statistics of the United States:

Annual reports from 1890 onwards that present detailed vital statistics data, including natality, mortality, marriage and divorce. Provided by the CDC.


If you have any additional questions or need more information, call us at (478) 301-2934 or Ask a Librarian.