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Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

FGI: The Toolbar! Get it for yourself and tell your friends

Another day, another demonstration project!

This time Free Government Information is pleased to announce a browser toolbar we hope will increase awareness and usage of government information.

You can get our toolbar at

With this powered toolbar you get the following features:

  • Easy access to federal government publication web sites.
  • Quick access to reports from the Congressional Research Service and Government Accountability Office.
  • Four ways to ask government information questions online.
  • Links to easy-to-understand information guides written up by documents librarians from around the country.
  • A 50-state directory of Federal Depository Libraries
  • Links to major Freedom of Information Act pages and written guidance on filing FOIA requests
  • Easy access to all sections of the Free Government Information web site

For no extra charge, you also get document-related RSS feeds, links to FDLP’s “libraries of the year” and local weather.

We assembled this toolbar at no cost using We have reviewed their
privacy policy and believe that their terms are acceptable. Please look it over yourself if you have any concerns.

If you ever look for government information, this toolbar is for you. It’s for any patrons who look for federal information. Probably helpful for journalists and other news junkies.

We hope this browser toolbar is inspiration for Federal Depository Libraries across the country. Something like this can be put together in a few hours and be strongly customized for your user community.

Try it out and let us know what you think — by using the toolbar itself. Click on the down arrow next to our logo on the toolbar and choose “contact.” You’ll be taken to a web page where you can fill out a web form to let us know how we’re doing!

Finally, if you are a depository library or government agency who has developed a browser toolbar, would you drop us a line about it? Either in comments or in an e-mail to dnlcornwall AT

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