Government Documents and Maps
About the Government Documents Collection
Mookini Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)
Government documents are materials published by the federal government at government expense. They include Congressional hearings, departmental publications, maps, periodicals, labor statistics, the U.S. Census information, and much more. This library receives about 8% of all federal documents published.
Most documents in print are available in the Government Documents Collection on the 3rd floor (Upper Level) of the Library and arranged on the shelves according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system. Many more documents are freely accessible online. State documents are found in the Hawaiian Collection.
To find online government information, use the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (July 1976 - present) to find specific titles. If you need assistance, please contact us at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor (Main Level) or at (808) 932-7296.
For State of Hawaiʻi government documents, please visit or contact the Hawaiian Collection.
Maps & Atlases
The Library has an excellent collection of maps available at the following locations:
- Reference Collection
- Atlases are available on the shelves of the Reference Collection and on the nearby atlas stands. Duplicate, circulating copies of some of these atlases may also be found in the General and Hawaiian Collections. There are also a few globes that grace the Reference area.
- Hawaiian Collection
- Detailed US Geological Survey Maps of each island are found here, as are older Territorial Survey Maps of Hawaiʻi Island. These maps are non-circulating. The Library also provides online access to the historical Digital Sanborn Maps for the state of Hawaiʻi, going back to 1914 for some locales.
- General Maps Collection
- Maps for the World and various countries and regions, including those published by National Geographic Society are filed in drawers by region. CIA country and region maps are filed in a separate, nearby map case or can be found via the CIA Factbook online .
Online Government Information Resources
- American Factfinder
- U.S. Census Bureau data for the 2000 Census and 2005 American Community Survey. Find population data on education, employment, income, race and ethnicity, and other topics. Housing, business and government data also presented along with maps showing patterns in statistical data and geographical boundaries for which statistical data has been collected.
- Information on bills, legislation, public laws and other government information since 1990. The text of the Congressional Record may be found here.
- Online repository of free federal publications from approximately 50 different collections of government information.
- National Agricultural Statistics Service
- Access a broad range of agricultural data including information on agricultural production and farm labor and wages.
- National Center for Health Statistics
- Find data on aging, births, deaths, and other health-related topics.
- Occupational Outlook Quarterly
- Career and work-related topics including salary trends, emerging occupations and training opportunities. A five-year index is available for print articles and online articles are indexed back to Spring 1999. Title also available in print. See LibCat (UH Hilo / Hawaiʻi CC) for locations and holdings.
- Presidents of the United States
- From the website for the White House, find information and biographies on Presidents by name or date. Biographies also available for First Ladies.
- Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
- Data representing many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. Data is displayed in over 600 tables and organized into six topical sections. Title also available in print. See LibCat (UH Hilo / Hawaiʻi CC) for locations and holdings.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
- Political, social and economic statistics for the United States and select foreign countries. Find data on population by age, gender, religious identification and information in other areas such as top wealth holders and cost of living. Title also available in print. See LibCat (UH Hilo / Hawaiʻi CC) for locations and holdings.
- General portal for finding U.S. government information by audience and topic. Federal, state, local and tribal government links. Browse the A-Z index to find links to government departments and agencies.
- World Factbook
- Also available in print. See LibCat (UH Hilo / Hawaiʻi CC) for locations and holdings.