Published: Sept. 12, 2017

Ben Franklin character on Norlin stepsBenjamin Franklin is one of the most recognizable characters of the American Revolution. He is also the unofficial mascot for the Government Publishing Office (GPO). As a printer, booklover, and author, he is a good representation of the GPO and the libraries who collect the publications. This September, follow the hashtag #BensAdventures on Twitter to follow him as he travels libraries across the country to showcase their Government Information collections and as he tours the Washington D.C area. CU Boulder's Government Information Library will also be hosting his likeness and touring him around the CU Boulder Campus, our libraries, and Colorado.  

While you’re following Ben on his adventures, take time to explore Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government. In the guide Ben will help you can brush up on how the U.S. Government works. You can also find lesson plans and games to help kids of all ages learn about the branches of government work, how laws are made, and much more.

CU Boulder is home to a Regional Depository Library in the Federal Depository Library Program. This means that we have a very large collection of government documents! The United states Government is the largest publisher in the world and we receive nearly everything that they publish. The librarians and staff in the Government Information Library are here to help you with your research and help you find information about your government.  We are located on the third floor of Norlin Library. For more information on the Federal Depository Library program, visit or You can also contact CU’s Government Information Library at

Be sure to look for #BensAdventures on the University Library's Twitter feed and the GPO's!