Government Information

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Federal Depository Library Program

The Costa County Library was designated as a Federal Depository Library for the 10th Congressional District in 1964. As a selective depository established through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Library's mission is to make government publications freely available for the use of the general public and to meet the government information needs of the people who live and work in Contra Costa County. The Library emphasizes the online electronic format to maximize both accessibility to government publications by county libraries and cost effectiveness in library collection development.

Free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Search the catalog for Federal Depository holdings.

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California State Depository Library Program

In 1945, the California Legislature passed the Library Distribution Act , which established the depository library program to make California state documents readily available to the citizens of the state. The California State Library is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the Act by developing and maintaining standards for depository libraries, granting depository status to libraries, and administering the depository program.

Across the state, 104 libraries participate in the program and receive publications produced by California state agencies. Contra Costa County Library is a selective depository for state documents distributed by the Office of State Publishing.

Search our catalog for California State Depository documents.

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Social Services

Need help with health care, clothing, food or utilities? Call 211 or search online

Not sure which agency can help?
Try Help in Hard Times to get started

Learn more about the County's Homeless Services

Apply for Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) here

CoCoHealth App - Get help with life's necessities
Android | iOS

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Legal Resources

Contra Costa County Public Law Library

ask-a-law-librarian | self-help resources

Contra Costa County Bar Association: Free clinics and workshops throughout Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County Bar Association: Find a Lawyer
Call (925) 825-5700 for more information.

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Tax Assistance

Free Tax Help in Contra Costa County Tax centers from a variety of community agencies, including AARP Centers.  (A community project of United Way of the Bay Area.)

Tax Center Locator: Search by your address to find the nearest AARP Tax Assistance Center.

Citizenship Resources

LearningExpress Library Citizenship Exam Help

Includes practice tests and eBooks to help prepare for your citizenship exam.

Study Resources for Citizenship Exam

Prepare for your citizenship exam with these library resources.

Citizenship Resources - EBNC

East Bay Naturalization Collaborative - Helping People Become Citizens
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