Access to Government Information

Governments have a duty to create, collect, disseminate, and preserve government and legal information and to ensure equitable permanent public access to official government information. AALL strongly supports no-fee permanent public access to official, authentic legal information and the essential role law librarians play in accessing legal information.

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.

COVID-19 Advocacy

Fiscal Year 2021

Fiscal Year 2020

Issue Briefs and Reports

Formal Statements

Federal Depository Library Program

The Government Publishing Office administers the Federal Depository Library Program by disseminating information products from the federal government to 1200 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 in a variety of ways to promote accessible government information as an essential principle of a democratic society and a valuable public good created at taxpayer expense, including advocating for that information should be available in a variety of formats and that information on government websites should be available free of charge.

Formal Statements