The FBI's Online Reading Room Receives a Makeover and Renamed "The Vault"
…we are announcing a revamping of our electronic reading room—renamed “The Vault” which contains more than two thousand documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your own home or office.
Included here are more than 25 new files that have been released to the public but never added to this website; dozens of records previously posted on our site but removed as requests diminished over time; and files carried over from our previous electronic reading room.
The Vault includes several new tools and resources for your convenience:
- Searching for topics: You can browse or search for specific topics or persons (like Al Capone or Marilyn Monroe) by viewing our alphabetical listing, by using the search tool in the upper right of this site, or by checking the many different category lists that can be found in the menu on the right side of the page.
- Viewing the files: We are now using an open source web document viewer, so you no longer need your own file software to view our records. When you click on a file, it loads in a reader that enables you to view one or two pages at a time, search for key words, shrink or enlarge the size of the text, use different scroll features, and more. In many cases, the quality and clarity of the individual files have been improved as well.
- Requesting a status update: Use our new Check the Status of Your Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOI/PA) Request tool to determine where your request stands in our process. Status information is updated weekly. Note: You need your FOI/PA request number to use this feature.
Hat Tip and Thanks: Free Government Information
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.