by Research Assistance — April 15, 2020
by Research Assistance — April 15, 2020

Government Information: California State & Local

by Research Assistance – April 15, 2020

The UC Davis is a Depository Library for California State government documents. The Library has a large collection of historical and current California government documents. While state government documents are received in paper copy, and increasing number of California State government documents may only be available via State agency web sites. State government documents both in paper copy and online are represented in the University Library catalog.

Government publications located in the Shields Library lower level Government Information closed stacks collection can be retrieved and checked out whenever the library is open. Publications located in the Government Information stacks can be identified by the “Doc” in front of the call number that you’ll find in the University Library catalog. Please ask at the first floor Information Desk when an assistant is available; at other times ask at the Shields Library Circulation Services to have a staff member retrieve a known document by call number.

Should you have questions about these collections or need suggestions on where to start your research you can email research support librarians at

In this Guide:

Home page for California State Government.

The Roster of Public Officials, is a listing of California’s public officeholders, including our United States government officials, the Constitutional officers, members of the State Senate and Assembly, the Judicial branch, county officials, and Incorporated city and town officials.

Includes links to numeric and geographic data covering a variety of topics including demography, health statistics, state contracts, traffic records. Statistics and data sets are available from state agencies and links are provided to other data sources – local, federal and other sources.

All California publications received in print or online are cataloged by the State Library and included in the CSL Main Catalog.

Monthly lists are available as pdf files and records are included in the Main Catalog.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) provides fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature. It is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget. The office serves as the “eyes and ears” for the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch is implementing legislative policy in a cost efficient and effective manner.

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) ensures that agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid, and available to the public. OAL is responsible for reviewing administrative regulations proposed by over 200 state agencies for compliance with the standards set forth in California’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA), for transmitting these regulations to the Secretary of State and for publishing regulations in the California Code of Regulations.