Boston Public Library
Government
Electronic Resources


Cities
County Governments
Courts
Federal Government
Find your representatives
International Governments
Public records
Schools: see Education
State Governments
Statistics
Taxes
Library electronic resources and databases

Cities
  • City of Boston home page
  • Massachusetts cities and towns Web pages
  • Helpful telephone numbers of towns and cities of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors site find United States cities' online

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    County Governments

  • National Association of Counties

    The Boston Public Library has extensive collections of City of Boston, State of Massachusetts, federal, U.N., and other government documents.
         Visit our Government Information page (which includes our "State and Local Documents" catalog).
         The Library also provides reference over the telephone 617-536-5400 and electronically.

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    State Governments

    Massachusetts
  • State of Massachusetts home page
  • Citizen's Guide to State Services
  • Executive - Governor and agencies, including independent agencies.
  • Legislative - The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Senate and House
  • Judicial - Courts of the Massachusetts Judicial Branch

    All fifty states
  • State Governments' home pages (Federal Information Center) - Includes D.C.
  • 50states.com - Facts and information about all fifty U.S. states and our commonwealths and territories.

    The Boston Public Library has extensive collections of City of Boston, State of Massachusetts, federal, U.N., and other government documents.
         Visit our Government Information page (which includes our "State and Local Documents" catalog).
         The Library also provides reference over the telephone 617-536-5400 and electronically.

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    Federal Government

    Executive
  • Executive Office of the President - Offices and Agencies (scroll down left column)
  • Federal agencies and commissions
  • Cabinet

    Legislative
  • Senate
  • House of Representatives
  • THOMAS: Legislative Information available on the Internet Congressional Record, bills, reports, etc.

    Judicial
  • Supreme Court

    Federal Agencies and Information
  • GPO Access (GPO-Government Printing Office) - access to the official published version of government information. The information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.
  • Government Information Xchange - Federal Information Center (FIC) site. This also lists an 800 telephone number for further assistance.
  • FirstGov Search is the Federal Information Center's search engine.


  • The Boston Public Library is a depository library for federal government documents. Visit our Government Information page.
         The Library also provides reference over the telephone 617-536-5400 and electronically.

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    Look up your representatives (Federal, State and Local)
  • Information from the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth This includes Ward, Precinct and Polling Place for Massachusetts citizens - enter your street and/or zip code - after your address displays, scroll down to the listing of your representatives.
  • Information from the Project Vote Smart Website - To look up your representative, enter your zip code in the box in the lefthand column of the Website .

    Courts
  • Supreme Court
  • Massachusetts Courts
  • Other States and International Courts

    Public records
  • Vital Records Information to find out where to obtain copies of vital records.
  • Use Search Systems' public record databases.

    The Boston Public Library has extensive collections of City of Boston, State of Massachusetts, federal, U.N., and other government documents. Visit our Government Information page.
         The Library also provides reference over the telephone 617-536-5400 and electronically.

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    Schools
  • see Education

    Statistics
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States A collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. (scroll down for tables)
  • U.S. Census Bureau On-line information available from the Census Bureau.
  • The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains a site, FedStats, with access to statistics and information produced by more than 70 agencies of the United States Federal Government.

    The Boston Public Library has an extensive collection of City of Boston, State of Massachusetts, federal and other government documents, many of which contain statistical information. Visit our Government Information page.
         The Library also provides reference over the telephone 617-536-5400 and electronically.

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    Taxes
  • TaxWeb Forms and filing information, state and federal.

    International - Country and governmental information.
  • Foreign Consular Offices in the United States.
  • CIA World Factbook Information includes population, resources, type of government, maps, and much more for countries of the world.
  • Country Studies from the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, covers 92 countries, describing and anlyzing political, economic, historical, social, cultural, and other factors. Search by a particular country or browse the country list.

    Our Government Information Department covers U.N. and international documents.

         The Library also provides reference over the telephone 617-536-5400 and electronically.

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