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Federal Depository Library

 

Phoenix Public Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. GovernmentPhoto of Federal Depository Library 100 years plaque documents.  Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).

As a Federal Depository Library, we are committed to making government materials accessible in a variety of formats.  We select approximately 25% of federal documents to include in our collection.  This collection is available on the 5th floor of Burton Barr Central LibraryHowever, the government has stopped printing many documents, offering them instead in electronic format. 

You may explore print documents available at Burton Barr Central Library through our online catalog.  Where available, our catalog also offers links to government documents available from a variety of government websites.

Library staff can help you find information about government programs and services, jobs, education, health, laws and tax information.  We can also help you locate specific government websites with applications and forms you may need.

We cannot help you fill out these applications and forms or determine which forms you need.

Also located on the 5th floor of the Burton Barr Central Library, you can find information on federal and Arizona statutes and regulations, as well as opinions from select courts.   The collection includes guides on different areas of law including employment, landlord and tenant, consumer, divorce and child custody, immigration, and wills and trusts.

​Interest Guides

Want to learn more about becoming a citizen, resources to help you start or grow a business, explore your ancestry and more?  These Interest Guides will help you get started.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Phoenix Public Library offers online resources to help you become a U.S. citizen - from understanding the process to practicing for the citizenship test and building your vocabulary for your interview. 

How do I enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace?

Learn more about your options for health coverage, who is eligible for insurance through the Marketplace, and how small businesses can provide insurance for their employees.

​Online Resources 

These resources are available with your Library card.


CQ Electronic Library - Congressional Quarterly 
Useful, expert, and unbiased analysis for researching American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs for students, citizens and professionals.


Legal Forms​ 
Includes official legal forms enabling users to create their own legal documents. ​

Westlaw-use in Burton Barr Library 

Westlaw (Burton Barr Library - In Library Use Only)

Westlaw simplifies your starting point for legal research. Information resources on Westlaw include more than 40,000 databases of case law, state and federal statutes, administrative codes, newspaper and magazine articles, public records, law journals, law reviews, treatises, legal forms and other information resources. 

​Valley Law Libraries

State of Arizona Research Libraries - Legal Resources

Arizona State University Ross-Blakley Law Library

Maricopa County Law Library Resource Center

Attorney Referrals and Directories

Maricopa Co. Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Thirty-minute consultation with attorney for $40 administrative fee.  (No fee for personal injury or worker's compensation.)  Referrals for most aspects of civil and criminal law.

State Bar of Arizona Find a Lawyer
Directory of attorneys licensed in Arizona; searchable by name, area of practice, and more.

Martindale-Hubbell
This searchable directory profiles more than one million lawyers and law firms in the U.S., Canada and 160 countries.

Downloadable Legal Forms

Maricopa County Law Library Resource Center Court Forms

Self-Help Forms and Resources are provided by the Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library Resource Center, to help individuals help themselves in Court. This website provides legal information, forms, services and procedural information for self-represented litigants in order to increase understanding, access to the justice system, and more effective participation in court processes.

Arizona Supreme Court Self-Service Center
Links to a variety of self-service centers and court forms for county superior courts and municipal courts in Arizona.

Federal Court Forms
Downloadable forms for criminal, civil, bankruptcy and other federal court matters.

​Law-Related Web Sites

ALIS Online
A service of the Arizona Legislature - includes Arizona Revised Statutes, full text of bills, legislators' voting records, the Arizona Constitution and links to state agencies.

American Law Sources On-line
Easy-to-use gateway to laws, codes and regulations in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

AZ Law Help
A collaborative project of Arizona legal organizations, this site offers referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies and more.

FindLaw
Legal information portal, "lawcrawler" search engine and lawyer profiles.

Public Papers of the Presidents
Contains most of the United States Presidents' messages, papers and statements, 1789 to present.

congress.gov
The official source for federal legislative information, including legislation, current legislative activities, and current members of Congress.

The Code of the City of Phoenix, Arizona 
Charter and Code of Ordinances of the City of Phoenix, with regular updates.

United States Supreme Court
Official site of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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