Tagged Government Information

Visit the Passport Office at Northeast Regional Library

The Free Library helps people explore new worlds—through fictional tales of far-off places and its international music collections, as well as through its robust foreign-language materials and travel resources. It can…

It’s Tax Season... Are You Ready?

Changes are coming Today, January 28, 2019, marks the start of the new tax season. With the full roll out of P.L. 115-97, the new  federal tax law , you will need to prepare for some significant changes in how you file. Here is a…

Passport Office Opens at Northeast Regional Library

2018 Update: For the latest information on our Passport Processing and Photo Services, please visit our program page » The Free Library has always helped people explore new worlds—through fictional tales of far-off places…

Government Documents at the Regional Operations Center

Since 2014, the Free Library’s new Regional Operations Center (ROC) has been open—open to staff, not the public. And while requesting most books from this offsite location is no different than placing a hold on any library…

A Woman on the New $10

Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony grace dollar coins, but the faces on U.S. currency have largely belonged to white men. This is starting, slowly, to change. On June 18, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew announced that Alexander…

Recovering from Identity Theft

With the recent theft of some taxpayers’ personal information, and an even more recent data breach of federal employees’ information, it’s no wonder the U.S. Government is taking an interest in identity theft. The…

The FCC, Open Internet and the Digital Divide

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently thrilled many internet enthusiasts (and enraged others) in finally ruling on the question of the “ open internet .” The verdict? Net neutrality – and “the…

2015 Tax Preparation

Tax season is upon us. After months of anticipation, the Federal and Pennsylvania tax forms are now available in the Government Publications Department at the Central Library (1901 Vine St.), as well as at the neighborhood libraries .…

Committees of the U.S. Congress

The United States Congress handles much of its work through the use of committees – panels of varying size, focus, rules, funding, and authority – made up of members of the Senate or the House of Representatives or, in the…

Thanksgiving Day

Cranberry production was down four percent this year – but American farmers still produced over eight million barrels (800 million pounds) of the fall favorite, so the country should have a decent supply this Thanksgiving. Turkey…

The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

There are almost 20 million veterans currently living in the United States, and almost 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s adult population has served in an American war. (Source: 2013 American Community Survey one-year esimates ) The…

Election Day 2014

This year’s general election takes place Tuesday, November 4, when Pennsylvanians will go to the polls and cast their votes for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Congress, and State Senators and Representatives.…

Fall Back

Daylight saving time (aka daylight time, aka DST) has its origins in the United States with the Standard Time Act of 1918 (See Pub.L. 65-106, United States Statutes at Large , 65 th Congress), an effort to conserve fuel during the First…

Government Documents at the Regional Operations Center

Since May, the Free Library’s new Regional Operations Center (ROC) has been open – open to staff, not the public. And while requesting most books from this offsite location is no different than placing a hold on any library…

Labor Day 2014

In 1910, farmers and farm laborers made up, by far, the largest group of workers in the United States. A century later, they don’t even crack the top ten (the greatest numbers now work in retail and food service). [Source: U.S.…

Online Census Data during the Government Shutdown

With luck, the government shutdown will be a thing of the past very soon, but until then, remember that you can rely on the Free Library for many of your information needs.  For example,  census.gov is currently unavailable,…

The Open Data Initiative and GIS Technology

This is the first part in a multi-part series looking at tech news and issues relevant to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s customers and patrons. One of the more recent buzzwords gaining attention in the tech world and in…

News junkies, eat your heart out with CQ

If you’re a debater, a fan of politics talk shows, or otherwise a news junkie, or if you want to follow what lawmakers are up to, you’ll be pleased to learn about two databases the Library subscribes to: CQ Researcher and CQ…

Coffee with the Revenue Department

Are you a business that needs help navigating city taxes or incentive programs? Join us from 10-noon on May 7! This is a joint program of the Philadelphia Revenue Department, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Tacony Community…

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980)

The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon…

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, and Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the U.S. and the English-speaking world. It includes nearly 2,000 titles, with every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery,…

Research in Context *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

HealthCare.Gov

Official guide to the health care, health insurance and the Affordable Care Act

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

This new HeinOnline collection brings together more than 550 titles dealing with this difficult and important topic. Included are periodicals, key compiled federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, CRS Reports,…

Archive-It

Archive-It, a web archiving service, to collect and store the websites of Philadelphia government agencies and selected cultural institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the American Philosophical Society. You can search…

Ben Macintyre | The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Praised for his “elegant, jaunty, and very British high style” ( New York Times ), Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends , Agent Zigzag , Operation Mincemeat , and Double Cross , among other books. He has…

Nelson Díaz | Not from Here, Not from There/No Soy de Aquí ni de Allá: The Autobiography of Nelson Díaz

In conversation with Sabrina Vourvoulias, journalist, short story author and novelist Introduced by Henry Cisneros A 1972 Temple University Law School graduate, Nelson Díaz was the first Puerto Rican lawyer admitted to the Pennsylvania…

Chris Hedges | America: The Farewell Tour

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges is the author of a dozen books, including the bestsellers  War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning ,  Empire of Illusion , Wages of Rebellion , and  Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt . For…

Beck Dorey-Stein | From the Corner of the Oval

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017, Beck Dorey-Stein was serving cocktails in the D.C. area when she answered an unlikely Craigslist post that…

Steven Brill | Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall—and Those Fighting to Reverse It

Journalist and lawyer Steven Brill is the founder of Court TV, 10 regional newspapers, and The American Lawyer magazine. His 2013 Time magazine cover story “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” won the National Magazine Award…

Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning

In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s venerable career in public service includes…

Max Boot | The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

Watch the video here . Referred to as one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, military historian and foreign-policy analyst Max Boot is the author of The Savage…

Lawrence O’Donnell | Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Watch the video here . Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word , one of cable television’s most watched news and political commentary programs. In addition to writing for a variety of periodicals, including The New York…

Gordon S. Wood | Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Watch the video here . Acclaimed for synthesizing historical insight with wit and exuberance, Gordon S. Wood won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for The Radicalism of the American Revolution , a…

Juan González | Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities

Watch the video here . In conversation with Nermeen Shaikh , co-Host and Producer at Democracy Now! Ms. Shaikh is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power and has an M.Phil. in politics from Cambridge…

The Legacy of Race and Policing

Watch the video here . Seeking to encourage and host conversations about differences and complex social issues, and in response to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ call for public programming on the legacy of race in the…

William Taubman | Gorbachev with Yuri Slezkine | House of Government

Watch the video here . William Taubman won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Khrushchev: The Man and His Era , a portrait of the Soviet leader “unlikely to be surpassed any time soon in either richness or…

Edward Snowden in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill | The Surveillance State Then and Now

Watch the video here . In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of highly classified information that exposed astonishingly widespread mass U.S.…

Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

Watch the video here . Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC’s news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes . Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes , in 2013 he…

Bernie Sanders | Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

In conversation with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! Perhaps America’s greatest standard-bearer for progressivism, Bernie Sanders inspired hope and a fervent following with his 2016 Democratic Presidential campaign. Currently…

Jeremy Scahill | The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist and the author of the bestselling books  Blackwater , an exposé of the powerful and controversial private army, and Dirty Wars , in which he revealed the grim consequences of the clandestine…

Barbara Boxer | The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life

The junior United States senator from California for more than two decades, a lifelong Democrat, former Congresswoman, and seasoned scrapper, Barbara Boxer has devoted her tenure in public service to compassionate advocacy for women,…

Mary Roach | Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

“America’s funniest science writer” ( Washington Post ), Mary Roach has researched and written about the life of the recently expired human body ( Stiff ), the mysteries that lie beyond this mortal coil ( Spook ), the prurient phenomena…

Michael V. Hayden | Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

In more than 40 years of public service, Michael Hayden rose to become a United States Air Force four-star general, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the…