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Minnesota State Documents

LRL is Minnesota's depository library for state agency and consultants reports (Minnesota Statutes 3.302, 3.225). The collection is searchable through the library's catalog.

Identify New State Government Documents

  • Just In (Sign up for the Just In email list) - A monthly list combining state agency documents and materials from other publishers. Titles are arranged by subject and each issue of Just In includes a short essay on a timely public policy topic.
  • Newly Acquired State Government Reports (Sign up for the Newdocs email list) - A continuously updated list of the newest state government reports received by the Legislative Reference Library. The list includes both reports mandated by the Legislature and other documents from state agencies.

Find State Documents

The collection is searchable through the Library catalog and on the Web via MnLINK, the statewide union catalog, and worldwide through OCLC's WorldCat, a bibliographic database, The Legislative Library provides full cataloging for state documents.

Background

According to Minnesota Statutes 3.195 and 3.302 Subd. 3, the Legislative Reference Library is to receive all documents published by the state and considered to be of interest or value to the library. The Library places a priority on acquiring reports mandated by the Legislature. However, since the Library began in 1969, it has also collected other Minnesota state documents, including consultants' reports and many earlier documents.

The Library's catalog links to digital copies of state agency documents (Minnesota Edocs) stored by the Library. The digital copies are from 2004 to the present, with older documents added on a selected, ongoing basis. The Library also links to the documents on the agencies' servers, when available. (Read background information on the beginning of the Minnesota Edocs program.)

History

From 1981 through 2003, the Legislative Reference Library participated in the microfiche-based Minnesota State Depository System. While this system no longer exists, core functions of the original program continue:

  • LRL staff members continue to acquire and catalog state documents.
  • LRL retains paper copies of documents in its collection on a permanent basis.
  • Since 2004, LRL retains electronic copies of Minnesota Publications (Edocs).

Submit State Documents

If your agency needs to submit a report to the Legislative Reference Library, please send one electronic copy (Word, PDF, URL) to ""

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and two print copies to:

Attn: Reed Polakowski
Legislative Reference Library
645 State Office Bldg.
100 Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, 645 State Office Building, Saint Paul, MN  55155