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Elko, NV 89801

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Government Subject Guide

Subject guides are created by Great Basin College Librarians to assist you! These guides provide helpful resources and tutorials to help you succeed in finding credible resources.

Collection Development Policy

This library will collect Federal Documents to meet the obligations of a federal depository as specified by Title 44, US Code and to support the following functions and other community and institutional needs.

  1. Great Basin College programs and degrees
  2. Student and faculty needs
  3. Elko community and surrounding areas
  4. Secondary educational institutions in Elko County

Materials will be collected in a variety of formats, i.e., print, electronic, maps and microfiche. Many documents will only be online with links in the catalog. Some documents will be substituted with online versions when they are not used very often or there are space restrictions.

The federal documents are delivered free from the Government Printing Office (GPO), but budget constraints will influence selection to the extent that staffing, equipment, and space are necessary to maintain and support the collection.

Checkout Policy

The general policy of this library is to make all government information as available as possible. We encourage patrons to make copies of any of the government information that we have. However, all the government documents may be checked out except for the microfiche which needs to be viewed on the microfiche machine. We do reserve the right to treat some items as reference materials and make them non-circulating.

Interlibrary Loan

We will loan documents to other institutions. We also do interlibrary loans for our students and community patrons from the UNR Business and Government Information Center. Government Documents are available to everyone and not just GBC students.

American Fact Finder

U.S. Census Bureau. Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Children

Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The BLS is responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. The BLS collects, analyzes, and disseminates essential economic information to support public and private decision–making. As an independent statistical agency, the BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

Library of Congress provides. federal legislative information freely available to the public. THOMAS includes the features and content such as Bills, Resolutions, Activity in Congress, Congressional Record, Schedules, Calendars, Committee Information, Presidential Nominations, Treaties and Government Resources.

Federal Digital System

GPO Access provides free public access to full-text, official Federal information; Federal information finding aids; and Federal products for sale.


Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic.

First Gov Libraries 

Local, federal, and national libraries; online library databases; grants and benefits for libraries.

GPO Access Presidential Papers

Provides access to Presidential Papers.

GPO Access Presidential Papers

Government Printing office provides Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature.

Government Documents Center - UNR

UNR provides links and resources to Government sites

Library of Congress - Country Studies

The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Library of Congress - U.S. Legislative Branch

Links to Congressional information from official and non-official sources.

Nevada State Controller's Website

News, information, and links from the Nevada State Controller's Website.

State & Federal Constitutions, Statutes, and Codes

Cornell University Law School provided links and resources.

State of Nevada

Homepage for Nevada's government.

Statistical Abstract

Statistical Abstract data present here ranges from our most recent edition to the historical abstracts compiled throughout the decades.

United Nations

Information from the United Nations about Peace & Security, Human Rights and International Law.

U.S. House of Representatives

News, information and links about the House activities.

U.S. Senate

News, information and links about the Senate activities.

U.S. State Department

News, information and links from the State Department.

White House

News, information and links from the White House.

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Great Basin College Library
McMullen Hall
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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