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GPO helps make online publications more visible, usable, and accessible, without cost to your agency. Knowledgeable and service-oriented information experts help you meet your responsibilities to inform the public and keep your information secure and available 24/7.
Benefits of GPO's Document Discovery program.
  • Free Distribution - program funded by Congress to keep America informed
  • Discoverability - global permanent public access
  • Compliance - under the Depository Library Act
  • Enhancement - additional access point through GPO's catalog
  • Searchability - open and transparent access through computer search engines
  • Preservation - a permanent link to each publication to safeguard future
  • Access - globally through the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
  • Libraries, librarians, and the general public - information experts at over 1,000 libraries nationwide guiding the public to Government publications

"...[We] direct users to information that is often more directly related to the topic than the resources they have found themselves."
                                                 — Government Documents Librarian, South Carolina State Library

Join other agencies and benefit from GPO's no cost online document distribution.
  • It is as easy as submitting your publication title to GPO. Your contact data on the form verifies it comes from a government agency. Go here to submit.
  • If you intend to publish a new title, let us know to insure your publication will receive proper consideration for public distribution programs.
  • For additional information on GPO's Document Discovery program contact
In addition to online distribution, GPO distributes print publications into the Federal Depository Library Program at no cost.
As always, printed publications handled by GPO are automatically evaluated for inclusion in the depository library program, and GPO covers the cost of copies needed for distribution.
The Intent to Publish Assistant is an interactive, step-by-step tool to get expert help at GPO, preferably a month or more before publication.
If your printed publication was not handled by GPO and you would like to participate in any of GPO's distribution programs, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us at
Please fill out the Intent to Publish form or contact us at

"...GPO helps NREL with broad dissemination of research results, especially to the university community and the general public. NREL's Web statistics show that this approach is working. GPO has been a great partner for us."
     — Manager, Publishing and Document Services, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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