Access to Government Information

Equitable access to official legal information—including laws, regulations, and court opinions—is essential to the legal information profession.

Federal Agency Appropriations

The federal government agencies responsible for the lifecycle of government information, including the Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress, U.S. Government Publishing Office, and National Archives and Records Administration, must have sufficient funding to meet their missions. The Law Library of Congress is particularly important to AALL as it serves a critical role in comprehensively collecting legal information materials.

Fiscal Year 2023

Fiscal Year 2022

COVID-19 Advocacy

Fiscal Year 2021

Federal Depository Library Program

The U.S. Government Publishing Office administers the Federal Depository Library Program by disseminating information products from the federal government to more than 1,100 participating libraries across the country that, in turn, ensure the American public has free access to the materials, both in print and online. Approximately 200 law libraries participate in the Federal Depository Library Program.

Formal Statements

Universal Citation

Governments should provide a universal citation for government information that is made available for public use. A universal  citation system is both medium and vendor neutral. AALL’s Universal Citation Guide includes recommendations for universal citation rules for judicial decisions, statutes, and administrative regulations.

Other Issues

AALL works on other issues that promote access to government information, including increased online access to laws, regulations, and court opinions.

Formal Statements