May 20, 2022

ICYMI: Alpha Release of HathiTrust United States Government Documents Registry Now Online

The alpha release of the Gov Docs Registry became publicly available about six weeks ago. There are currently about 550,000 items in the registry with about 544,000 available full text.

From the United States Government Documents Registry Web Site:

The Registry is intended to include item-level metadata for the comprehensive corpus of U.S. federal documents produced from 1789 to the present.

This is a work in progress and we know that there are things that still need to be worked on, which means that there may be downtime while system work continues.

Known issues:

  • Enumeration and chronology data is inconsistent.
  • Inclusion of metadata for non-US federal government documents. Please report if found
  • SuDoc search only retrieves records that include a SuDoc number – many of these records only have LC call numbers
  • Accessibility

HathiTrust welcomes feedback.

See Also: Creating a Registry of US Federal Government Documents

See Also: Government Documents Initiative Planning and Advisory Group Charge

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.