The Library of Congress and Western European Subnational Government Documents
Government documents matter at the Library of Congress. To fulfill its responsibilities to the United States Congress, the executive agencies, as well as to the larger scholarly community and the general public, the Library has long collected, cataloged, and made available the official publications of governments from all over the world. This has been our policy since the early 19th century when in 1834 Congress authorized the Library of Congress to exchange U.S. Government publications with France. Although these arrangements now extend to every corner of the globe, the exchanges with our Western European partners have a special place in our acquisitions program. Not only have they been long-lasting and cordial, but they are noteworthy for the breadth and richness of the materials they have enabled us to add to the national collections.