Electronic government publications in the Washington State Library online catalog can be downloaded to desk and lap top computers and handheld devices, such as, Kindle* and Nook*. There is no charge to download a state or federal government publication. In most cases, Washington State and U. S. government publications do not have copyright restrictions. The downloaded publication can be searched by key words and simple phrases. Publications with hundreds of pages can be stored and accessed conveniently on a computer or handheld device as long as needed for a class or project. The file can be deleted when no longer in use, but the publication will be preserved for future use in the Washington State Library (WSL) online catalog.
For some devices, pdf files must be converted to electronic publications format. Calibre, a free software program, can be downloaded to convert pdf files to an epub format which ereaders can use.
Washington State government publications — the links below are to the catalog records in the WSL online catalog. Click on the link that reads “View online version” to read the publication with the option to download. The catalog record provides information on which agency produced the publication and the publication date, scope, etc.
Freedom Tails (It is difficult to tell what this publication is about with just the title, but there is a lot of information in the catalog record.)
Listed below are three more examples of Washington State government publications; these are direct links to the publications, but records can be found in WSL’s online catalog:
Some samples of U.S. government publications:
Raising the Ages of Eligibility for Medicare and Social Security This link is to the WSL online catalog record for this publication. Click on the link that reads “View online version” to read the publication with the option to download.
Or, click on this link to WSL catalog record for Unauthorized Hair Samples Submitted for Analysis and solve the case of the “unauthorized hair samples”. (Could it be a job for Lady Godiva?)
Listed below are three more examples of federal government publications; these are direct links to the publications, but records can be found in WSL’s online catalog:
Coastal Habitats of the Elwha River, Washington – Biological and Physical Patterns and Processes Prior to Dam Removal (This publication takes awhile to download).
For more information, contact Public Services at Washington State Library.
*These products are listed as examples only. The Washington State Library does not recommend or endorse any products listed.