FOIA Library

The FOIA Library was developed to provide the public with access to certain types of information created by the Bureau of Prisons after November 1, 1996. These categories of documents, as outlined in the Freedom of Information Act 5 U.S.C.552(a)(2) include:

(A) final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, as well as orders, made in the adjudication of cases;

(B) those statements of policy and interpretations that have been adopted by the agency and are not published in the Federal Register;

(C) administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public;

(D) copies of all records, regardless of form or format, that have been released to any person under paragraph (3) and that, because of the nature of their subject matter, the agency determines have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests for substantially the same records; and

(E) a general index of the records referred to under subparagraph (D)

These documents are also located in the conventional reading room. The conventional reading room is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by appointment. A dedicated workstation is available for public use in accessing the Bureau's documents in electronic format. Access to the Internet, particularly the BOP home page - - is available.

Location and Contact

Street Address:
Federal Bureau of Prisons Library
400 First Street, NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20534

Mailing Address:
Federal Bureau of Prisons Library
320 First Street, NW
Bldg. 400, 3rd Fl.
Washington, DC 20534

(202)307-3029 (appointments and information)
(202)307-5756 fax


If you do not find the information you need in the reading room, please submit a FOIA request via our online form.

   Final Opinions made in the adjudication of cases  

The Bureau of Prisons adjudicates no cases.

   Statements of Policy  

Bureau of Prisons Policy are referred to as Program Statements

   Administrative Staff Manuals and instructions to staff that
 affect a member of the public

Bureau of Prisons staff manuals and instructions to staff are referred to as Technical Reference Manuals

   Frequently Requested Records  

Community Confinement Procedure Changes, December 20, 2002:

Employment Information Handbook: provides inmates with contacts and other information that can help them prepare for release.

Inmate Locator: tool to locate information on an inmate.

Purchase Cardholders (updated quarterly)


Visiting Forms

State of the Bureau (current version)

   Index of Frequently Requested Records  

See itemized list above

   Proactive Disclosures  



   Operational Review Reports  

Program Review Division, August 2009

Updated December 29, 2014