From county planning documents to the legal code of a nation, government documents are generated to both accomplish the work of government, as well as reach out to constituencies. They can take many formats such as pamphlets, technical reports, full-size books or websites. Many documents that are intended for public use have become freely available online.
The sheer volume and variety of government documents is staggering. The US Government Printing Office is the largest publisher in the world. Keeping track of this information, as well as preserving it, have become more challenging concerns. In the United States, documents that are intended for the public can be found through libraries that are designated as federal and state documents depositories.