Government Documents and Publications

City, County and Regional Documents

The Kalamazoo Public Library holds city, county and regional documents, such as commission minutes, budgets and annual reports. Selected state and federal materials are cataloged in the permanent collection. 

Please ask local history staff for assistance or contact the government information coordinator.

Federal and State Documents

The Local History Room houses display materials from federal, state and regional agencies on various topics of current interest made available for public examination. See the Display Documents Index in the Local History Room for a complete listing.

Government Publications

Many of our government publications are found in our catalog. Search for them by title, subject, named author, or the publishing government agency (using a “words or phrase” search).

Central Library

KPL holds many runs of Michigan publications, such as the Senate and House journals, Michigan Manual, Michigan History magazine, along with individual publications such as Building and Residential Codes. Many publications have been incorporated into the ReferenceLawLocal History and circulating collections at the Central library. Several federal government periodicals have been incorporated into the magazine collection.

Additionally, paper indexes listing all KPL holdings of federal and state documents are located in the Documents Reference Area in the Tech Center on the second floor of the Central Library. Please see the Reference Desk for help using these card catalog indexes.

Most of the government publications are kept together in a special collection in document storage. To access these materials, please go to the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Central Library.

Government Websites

View selected federal and state websites for frequently-requested information and useful search engines in our Government Topic Guide.