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Government Shutdown and Library Resources

Date: 10/01/2013

Due to a lapse in funding, the US federal government has shut down. Many online resources, including websites and databases run by federal government agencies, are unavailable. 

Inaccessible websites include these:

  • US Census websites, including, American FactFinder, and Fedstats
  • Most Library of Congress websites, including the American Memory Project
  • US Department of Education websites, including ERIC (we recommend accessing ERIC through EBSCO)
  • USATradeOnline database
  • US Department of Agriculture website
  • NASA website
  • Federal Trade Commission website
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) website
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis website
  • National Park Service website
  • National Archives website
  • NOAA website


Also, websites from some branches and agencies will be available but no new information will be added. So far this includes the White HouseUS Department of JusticeNational Institutes of HealthNational Library of MedicinePubMedCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Legislative information is available through and The National Weather Service remains available. remains open.


Here are more resources on the shutdown and status of government services:

"The Government Shutdown and Libraries." American Libraries

"Government Shutdown: What’s Closed, What’s Open?" CNN, October 1, 2013.

"A Bunch of Federal Websites Will Shut Down with the Government." Washington Post, September 30, 2013.

Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About How The Government Shutdown Will Work.” Washington Post, September 30, 2013.

"How a Government Shutdown Would Affect Academe." Chronicle of Higher Education, September 30, 2013.


Thanks to Cofrin Library at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay for compiling much of this information.


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