Meet govinfo: Federal Law Research Gets a Makeover


By: Chloe Martin

This month, the U.S. Government Publishing Office introduced the world to govinfo, a beta website that will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) as the go-to resource for federal primary law from all three branches of government. Read our Q&A to learn more.

How does govinfo differ from FDsys?

The content available for access will not change, but govinfo offers some new and improved features:

  • New ways to browse content (alphabetically and by category);
  • Responsive design for better display on mobile devices;
  • More choices for sharing pages and content on social media;
  • Enhanced search filters; and
  • The brand new “related documents” feature which will display other documents within govinfo that relate to or reference a particular document.

Who can access govinfo?

Everyone. Govinfo, like FDsys, is available to the public.

What major resources are available to search and browse on govinfo?

  • The Federal Register
  • The Code of Federal Regulations
  • The Federal Budget
  • The U.S. Code
  • Congressional Bills
  • Statutes at Large
  • The Congressional Record
  • Congressional Calendars, Hearings, and Reports
  • U.S. Court Opinions, including SCOTUS decisions

How can I access govinfo?


The GPO is requesting public feedback on its new site; visit this survey to tell the GPO what you think!

Updated library hours and access to databases

View from the 5th floor Terrace

Because of continuing construction in the library as well as the move of the College of Law servers this weekend, the Law Library will have temporarily shortened hours.

The library will be open:
Thursday, June 25, 2015 7am-6pm
Friday, June 26, 2015 8am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, 2015 10am-6pm
Monday-Thursday, June 28-July 2, 2015 8am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, July 3-4, 2015 Closed
Sunday, July 5, 2015 10am-6pm

Because of the server move, all Law Library databases will be unavailable from 4pm on Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015.

As a reminder, only current College of Law students are allowed in the building to use study aids, reserves, or get research assistance. Students will need to show their ID and sign in at the Security Desk and proceed immediately to the Circulation Desk on the Fifth Floor. Library personnel will retrieve materials, as available, and direct students to an area of the library where they can study. Students needing research assistance can also use the red Chat Reference button in the upper left corner of the Law Library’s home page.

At this time, the computer lab, printers, copiers and scanners are not available. We will continue to update you as construction progresses and more resources become available.  In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek (above) at the view from the 5th floor terrace. If you have any questions please contact Associate Dean Niedringhaus at or 404-413-9140.


New Library Printers

The law library has two new printers in the alcove (across from the Reference Desk). You will need to download new software if you want to print from your laptop to these printers. The instructions and software are available on our website. Alternately, the Circulation Desk also has a copy of this software on a USB drive — you can check the drive out, install the software, and return the drive.

In addition to simply being shiny and new, these printers are also capable of printing on both sides of a sheet. Look at the printer options on your computer when you send a print command to use this feature.

The old library printer will stick around until March 21. After that, you must install the new software to continue printing in the library.

Questions? Ask a library staff member or contact the IT Help Desk.