The Oregon State Library serves as a resource for Oregonians seeking government information. A guiding principle is this phrase from Oregon Revised Statute 357.001: "It is a basic right of citizens to know about the activities of their government, to benefit from the information developed at public expense and to have permanent access to the information published by state agencies." The State Library runs the Oregon Documents Depository Program, which disseminates state publications throughout Oregon, and participates in the Federal Depository Library Program, which ensures that the American public has access to federal government information.
The Oregon State Library has collected publications of Oregon state government since 1907. Ranging from small brochures to substantial reports, these documents are available to the public at the State Library and at other Oregon Document Depository libraries. Most newer state publications, and selected historical publications, are also available online.
Federal Government Information
As the Regional Federal Depository Library for the State of Oregon, the State Library coordinates with other federal depository libraries to provide citizens with access to documents distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office as well as any federal government information made freely available on the Internet.