Research guides

Federal Register

Free Online Resources

The Federal Register is available for free online from a number of sources. See below for more details.


Federal Register
Vol. 1 (1936) - present. Updated daily. Documents arranged by date, then agency. To search the Federal Register, click the orange "Search" button, select "Advanced", then under "Refine by Collection" select "Federal Register". Search results can be further refined by using the side panel on the search results screen. For additional information and tips, see the About the Federal Register page.
Contains the unofficial, HTML (XML-based) edition of the daily Federal Register. The top menu bar offers options to browse by topic, agency, date, and more. An advanced document search option is also available.

Also offers Public Inspection Documents, which offers a preview of documents scheduled to appear in the next day’s Federal Register issue.
Can search and browse Proposed Rules and Rules, as well as Notices from the Federal Register. Documents such as Public Comments and Supporting and Related Materials may also be available. Can also comment on a Notice or a Proposed Rule. PDFs of the Federal Register pages are also available.

For more information on the types of materials available, as well as how to comment, see How to Use

Library of Congress

Federal Register, Vols. 1-58 (1936-1993) Library of Congress
1936-1993. To search this collection, use the search box. The collection can also be filtered by Federal Register volume number by using the "Refine your results" options on the left.
The collection was made possible by an agreement with the William S. Hein & Co, Inc. and is provided for personal, educational, and research use.