Government Documents

Our library holds an extensive collection of Canadian federal government publications and was a full depository during the lifetime of the depository agreement that terminated in December 2013 after which distribution of hard copy publications ceased and was continued in electronic format. Our holdings also include materials from the provinces and territories, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, international goverment organizations and many countries. A comprehensive collection of Newfoundland and Labrador government publications is held at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies. Government maps are in the Map Room on level 2 that also holds statistical information in print and CD-ROM from Statistics Canada, international government organizations and national government agencies. Various collections, such as United Nations documents from 1946 - 2006 are in microform on Level 1. 

Searching the Collection

With the exception of some large microform sets, government publications can be searched in OneSearch.

In addition, government information online from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, various international government organizations and individual countries is accessible via the Online Government Information link in the menu at the top left of this page.


With the exception of Statistics Canada publications and some legislation, government documents may be borrowed.

Quantitative Data

Memorial University Libraries participate in the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). The purpose of the DLI is to provide subscribing Canadian academic institutions with access to survey data compiled by Statistics Canada. Further information about the DLI is on our Canadian Data page.


Government documents are shelved in various sections of the Queen Elizabeth II Library. For their locations, see Where Government Documents are shelved or inquire at the Information & Research Help desk.