Michigan Documents Collection at the Library of Michigan
The Library of Michigan's Michigan Documents Collection contains state executive, legislative and judicial publications issued since 1805. Many of these state government publications are also distributed by the Library of Michigan to a network of 11 depository libraries around the state for the benefit of the state's citizens.
The Michigan Documents Collection is housed in two separate collections. The first, which is known as the Official Michigan Documents collection contains the first, and sometimes only, copy of each document and is located in a closed stack area. Official documents do not circulate, but can be used in the library by request through the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. Most 'official' Michigan documents are duplicated in a second open browsing collection on the 2nd floor that circulates to the public. All Michigan documents are cataloged and searchable in the library's online catalog, ANSWER.
In keeping with Michigan government's current information dissemination practices, the Library of Michigan officially changed the designated format of a Michigan document from print to electronic in 2006. Now, instead of collecting many documents in hardcopy, the library archives a web-based, or digital version. These archived copies are available via a link in the ANSWER catalog record and through the Library's digital government publications portal, Governing Michigan. Documents that are not available online or that have significant, long-term value (see Core List of Michigan Documents) are still collected and distributed in print.