May 17, 2022

Free Access to U.S. Government Ebooks: GPO Expands Ebook Program For Libraries And Public

From the U.S. Government Printing Office:

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is expanding the agency’s eBook program through its Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) to increase public access to information from the Federal Government.

The public now has free access to eBook titles using GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).

Users can search and browse for Federal titles on popular topics including the military, national security, agriculture, science, and health.

[Our emphasis] The first release includes approximately 100 titles, and GPO will continue work with Federal agencies to make new titles available each month.

Through the FDLP, GPO works with 1,200 libraries nationwide to provide the public with free access to Government information in print and digital formats.

“Expanding eBooks is another example of GPO’s commitment to serving as the digital information platform for the Federal Government,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “GPO and the library community will continue to work together to provide the public with greater access to Government information in multiple formats.”

GPO’s Sales program makes eBooks available to the public through partnerships with Google, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Overdrive, Ingram and other online vendors.

Searching for Ebooks

1. We’ve discovered that it’s possible to limit a search to ONLY ebooks using the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) advanced search interface. To use this limit, select “Government Ebooks” from the “Catalogs” drop-down menu. 


2. To browse a list of all available ebooks, search using “gov ebooks” in the keyword field.

Additional Details

  • All books are available in .mobi, .epub, and other available formats.
About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.