May 18, 2022

MetaLib, a Federated Search Tool Of U.S. Government Databases Adds New Sources

MetaLib, is a federated search resource provided by the Catalog of Government Publications, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

This resource provides users with the ability to search, find, save results, and access material from a disparate large number of U.S. government databases with a single search. We’ve also found MetaLib useful for database discovery.

MetaLib offers three search modes (Basic, Advanced, Expert) and

browsable and searchable A-Z List permits users to identify databases and then search simultaneously or one at a time. Compilations of databases organized by category are also available.

Recently, four new searchable databases were added to MetaLib. The databases are:

  • U.S Government Bookstore
  • Legislative Information System ( [beta]), which will eventually replace Thomas
  • The FBI Vault

In addition to the database additions the GPO reports:

The U.S. Government Bookstore has been added to our GPO Resources Quickset, which now allows users to search the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), and U.S. Government Bookstore all in one place!

Additionally, our vendor has updated the DOE Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database to the new SciTech Connect – OSTI and has fixed the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) resource.

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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.