Government and Geographic Information and Data Services

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This unit has been a federal depository library for more than a century and features such materials as Congressional reports and hearing transcripts, census information, statistics and studies generated by federal agencies, and presidential papers.

Publications and documents from the state of Illinois have been regularly acquired since 1971. City of Chicago publications are also collected. The unit is a depository for European Union and United Nations publications and collects documents from many other international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, ILO, and OECD.

The map collection features USGS, NIMA, NOAA, state, and commercial materials such as topographic, historical, and navigational maps. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is also available.

Not all materials in the unit are cataloged in NUsearch (Online Catalog). We encourage you to visit the unit or contact us for assistance in identifying and using available resources.

Northwestern faculty, students, and staff with specific data needs should consult Social Science Data Services at for access to and guidance in using ICPSR resources and other data files.