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Government Information While the Library is Closed

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SPRING SEMESTER 2021: The Michael Schwartz Library building is temporarily open only to our university community.

Under normal circumstances, Federal depository resources are available and usable for all library patrons regardless of library affiliation, disability, age, residency, or other customer status.

However, in a letter sent to all Depository Coordinators on May 21, 2020, the Government Publishing Office's Superintendent of Documents Laurie Hall addressed questions concerning access to Government resources as libraries reopen in the pandemic.

    "It is GPO’s position that temporarily restricting physical access to the library is acceptable, as these precautions were put in place for the health and safety of library staff and for those you serve. We are aware that this temporary situation may last weeks or months, although we all hope that depository libraries will be in a position to restore full admittance as soon as possible."

We share that hope, and it is our intention to re-open our doors to all just as soon as it is safe to do so.


A significant number of government documents are now available online. Both print and electronic documents selected by the Michael Schwartz and Cleveland Marshall Law Libraries can be found in our Scholar catalog. Anyone can view and download these electronic government documents directly from our catalog records.

We have created an extensive guide to these publicly-available materials. Our Government Information research guide is a pathfinder to local, state and national information from all three branches of government, including census resources, statistics, and freely-available databases.

For questions about government information, you can reach our librarians via chat, email, and phone. Use the chat options on this page, or contact our Government Documents librarian, Hannah Pearson, via email - - or phone: 216-687-2485.

Government Documents at the Michael Schwartz Library

Government Documents at Cleveland Public Library