New York State Documents

Images of three NYS documents: Losing our Children, the I Love NY Travel Guide, and the Driver's Manual.

A driver's manual for people planning to test for a driver's license... The final report on the results of a comprehensive, Statewide examination of the way that allegations of child abuse are investigated... A travel guide highlighting vacation areas in New York...

What these publications have in common is that they are all State documents - official publications of New York State agencies. And one of the best places to find these, and thousands of other State documents, is at the New York State Library. A repository of official State publications since its creation in 1818, the NYS Library has the world's largest collection of New York State documents.

Finding State Documents in the NYSL Collections

Catalog: Most New York State documents in our collection are listed in our online catalog. If there is a digital version of the document, the catalog record will link to it.

To search only documents that are available online, you can:

Finding Aids: If you do not find a document in the catalog, one of the NYS Document Finding Aids may be useful, particularly if it is an older document.

Finding State Documents Elsewhere

Agency Web Sites: Many State agencies post electronic versions of their publications, particularly recent publications, on their web sites.

Other Libraries: Other libraries in New York State also participate in the Document Depository Program and receive copies of many State documents. Check the list of State Depository Libraries for a participating library near you.

State documents can also be borrowed from the New York State Library through interlibrary loan. Requests must be made through your public (or academic) library. Please supply a full bibliographic citation with each request.

Last Updated: August 11, 2017